Location: Southern Insect Management Research Unit
Project Number: 6066-22000-063-08
Start Date: Aug 01, 2011
End Date: Jul 31, 2016
New botanical and other biological compounds will be extracted and evaluated against major sweetpotato insect pests. New and conventional sweetpotato varieties will be evaluated for root damage by insects. Root damage will be correlated with insect pest numbers collected by using different sampling methods. Seeds of corn, wheat and crimple oats will be used in bait treatments to collect wireworm larvae in sweetpotato fields. Relationship of adult beetles will be established with wireworm larvae captured in bait traps. Pheromone traps will be used to detect adult Cylas (C.) formicarius population in southern Mississippi. The knowledge gained through research will be dissipated through seminars, research publications, internet, presentations in professional meetings, on-farm demonstrations and workshops.