Evaluation of Cost Effective Management of Imported Fire Ants in Nursery Crops
Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit
Project Number: 1230-21000-062-02
Specific Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Aug 01, 2013
End Date: Jul 30, 2018
To 1) evaluate pyrethroid band treatments with targeted mound injections to facilitate rapid multiple-plant-treatments at reduced application cost and extended certification period, and 2) evaluate pre-harvest individual tree chemigation treatments using irrigation devices (e.g., buckets, TreeRings) normally used by nursery growers to facilitate mechanized plant harvest.
Evaluate methods for control of imported fire ants on field-grown nursery stock that has reduced pesticide application cost and exposure. Use research findings to facilitate Federal plant certification.