Location: Commodity Protection and Quality
Project Number: 5302-43000-037-30
Start Date: Mar 01, 2013
End Date: Feb 28, 2015
Utilize a cooperative effort between USDA-ARS, University of California at Irvine, University of California at Davis, University of Nevada at Reno, and industry to provide a comprehensive strategy for using chemicals to control insect pests in California Pistachios. We will specifically: evaluate the insecticidal activity of insecticides on nut surfaces, characterize the chemical residual of insecticides on nut and leaf surfaces, quantify relative stability of insecticides to water and sunlight, profile the metabolic processing of insecticides by key fungus in orchards, break MRL-related trade barriers involving insecticides, integrate results into a comprehensive chemical control strategy, and support other pistachio researchers evaluating resistance management programs, spray drift, and water contamination.