Location: Fruit and Nut Research
Project Number: 6606-21000-004-02
Start Date: Jun 01, 2013
End Date: May 31, 2018
The USDA-ARS Southeastern Fruit and Tree-nut Research Laboratory and the University of Georgia Entomology and Horticulture Departments will collaborate on solving peach production and protection problems affecting southeastern peach growers. This collaborative effort focuses on developing improved horticultural and entomological tools and strategies that are designed to meet the needs of commercial-scale peach producers. Research focuses on development of biological control agents (e.g., nematodes, fungi, and bacteria) to control Lesser Peach Tree Borer, Peach Tree Borer and Plum Curculio. Research also potentially addresses chemical and/or biological control of mites and scale. Horticultural research focuses on establishment and evaluation of a NC-140 Rootstock Trial, improving fruit quality by cultural practices (e.g., nutrient management and pruning), and protecting fruit and trees from pathogens.