Project Number: 2040-22430-025-26
Start Date: Jul 15, 2013
End Date: Sep 30, 2013
Our approach is to collect authentic pheromones from live 'calling' females and/or clipped abdominal tips and or plant kairomones from host plants and using headspace collection and or tip extraction to identify the chemicals present using GS-MS. Electrophysiological studies will be employed to identify biologically active constituents using GS-EAS on insect antenna. Those with activity will be tested and formulated for testing in a flight tunnel bioassay or other laboratory apparatus and if possible in the field. Next, the pheromone and/or semiochemical will be synthesized and lures used to conduct field evaluations. Specifically, we would like to correlate capture of targeted invasice species to field populations and damage levels in the different cropping systems unique to Hawaii. Lastly, we plan to apply this information to develop systems approaches to relieve quarantine roadblocks of new invasive species which limit movement of host commodities.