1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
The objective of this project is to develop a reliable pheromone lure for monitoring and managing brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB).
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
ARS will acquire the basic knowledge of the identification of the BMSB pheromone. This information will be used by both to develop pheromone lures for this species. Ohio State University will evaluate lures for BMSB based on a standard protocol developed by ARS.
The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) has emerged as a pest of unprecedented importance to specialty crops in the United States. Currently, BMSB is well established throughout the mid-Atlantic and has been officially detected in 40 states. BMSB is a polyphagous pest of numerous specialty crops but without a reliable and effective monitoring tool to detect presence, abundance, and seasonal activity. Therefore, we worked directly with researchers at Ohio State University to compare traps baited with the attractant, methy (2E, 4E, 6Z)-decatrieonate (MDT), and the newly identified BMSB aggregation pheromone. Lures were deployed in the collection device of black pyramid traps deployed at the periphery of specialty crops. Included in the trapping array were unbaited controls. Trials were conducted from mid-July through harvest.