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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Novel Postharvest Fumigation of Sweet Cherries for Fruit Fly Pests

Location: Commodity Protection and Quality

Project Number: 2034-43000-037-23
Project Type: Trust

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

Objective:
The goal of this project is to strategically tailor new phytosanitary treatments to be of benefit to the sweet cherry industry. The research objectives are to establish robust toxicological and phytotoxicological data sets for industry consideration.

Approach:
Utilize a cooperative effort between USDA-ARS, other government action agencies, and industry to address fumigation challenges for the Washington State sweet cherry industry. The research team will scale promising technologies from laboratory-, through pilot-, and into commercial-size chamber fumigations with APHIS and specialty crop-specific industry input (i.e., confirm technical feasibility). Performance measures will build on each year’s progress and will relate to the identification of most effective and cost efficient postharvest processes for controlling pest insects.

Last Modified: 10/20/2014
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