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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Area-wide Pest Management Project for Navel Orangeworm Control in Almonds, Pistachios, and Walnuts

Location: Commodity Protection and Quality

Project Number: 0500-00044-035-00
Project Type: Appropriated

Start Date: Oct 01, 2012
End Date: Sep 30, 2013

Objective:
1. Complete analysis of large-scale field trials focused on new sanitation standards, augmented sanitation, narrow spectrum insecticides mating disruption, in partnership with commercial growers at locations representing the major production counties as well as the diversity of the commercial production systems. 2. Complete identification of the key variables responsible for both consistent control and program failure and analyze the relative importance of these variables using epidemiological/epizootiological statistics. 3. Complete technology transfer to both farm advisers and commodity groups and modify and/or develop educational programs and training materials to instruct growers on the strategies demonstrated in the area-wide proposal.

Approach:
Establish and implement an areawide pest management research and action program for navel orangeworm management which (a) results from a stakeholder partnership and collaboration dedicated to the demonstration and areawide adoption of navel orangeworm control technologies; (b) demonstrates the positive impacts and advantages of such a program through enhanced grower profits, reduced worker risks, an enhanced environment, and a proven superiority of area-wide adoption; and (c) achieves a mature navel orangeworm management system so end-users, consultants and other interested parties will be left with an operation program that will meet the overall goals through its wide-scale adoption. This will require the development of a unified effort between Federal, State, local and private interests, and whose participants will be involved in the program from conception to adoption.

Last Modified: 4/18/2014
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