|Doostdar, Hamed - MORSE ENTERPRISES|
|Weathersbee Iii, Albert|
Submitted to: Citrus and Vegetable Magazine
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: May 1, 2001
Publication Date: June 1, 2001
Citation: Mayer, R.T., Hunter, W.B., Lapointe, S.L., McKenzie, C.L., Shatters, R.G., Shapiro, J.P., Doostdar, H., Weathersbee III, A.A. 2001. Diaprepes root weevil: recent advances at the U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory, Fort Pierce, Florida. Citrus and Vegetable Magazine. Technical Abstract: The Diaprepes root weevil (DRW; Diaprepes abbreviatus L.) is the most serious pest problem facing citrus growers in Florida with damage estimates projected at $1.5 billion (20 years) to the Florida citrus industry alone. The USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has maintained a research program on the DRW since its discovery in Apopka, Florida in the early 1960's. The ARS research program is currently located at the U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory (USHRL) at Ft. Pierce, FL (formerly at Orlando, FL). Many new approaches for control of DRW have been initiated at the USHRL; these include biological control (entomopathogens), molecular biology, cultural practices, and biochemical and physiological methods. In addition, new information on the biology of the insect is being collected. This is a current report of research programs at the USHRL for the DRW.