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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Assessing Persistence and Efficacy of New Insecticides in Pistachios

Location: Commodity Protection and Quality

Project Number: 5302-43000-037-25
Project Type: Trust

Start Date: Mar 01, 2013
End Date: Dec 31, 2014

Objective:
Investigate spray timing and the adult activity of the new soft insecticides in pistachios that target navel orangeworm (Amyelois transitella).

Approach:
Pistachios will be sprayed by commercial cooperators using a suggested timing and collected at intervals over a 4-8 week period. These pistachios will be challenged in the lab by infesting them with known numbers of eggs and assessing adult emergence. Additional experiments conducted in the field will assess insecticide efficacy against sentinel eggs and adults. Field infestation estimates will be compared to damage levels determined by the processor. Adult activity will be determined by a combination of studies conducted at industry research farms and by caging adults in the field.

Last Modified: 8/2/2014
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