Welcome to the home page of the Yakima Agricultural Research Laboratory (YARL).
Our Mission Statement:
The mission of the Temperate Tree Fruit and Vegetable Research Unit (TTFVRU) located in Wapato, Washington, is to seek new and more effective means to control insect pests of tree fruit and vegetable crops. The Management Unit conducts research under National Program Code 304; Crop Protection and Quarantine. Emphases include development of biological control and bio-intensive methods for insect management and the expansion of fundamental knowledge of the biology of major pests. The program seeks novel approaches and techniques for integrated pest management systems that will reduce pesticide use. These approaches include the application of molecular methods, parasites, predators, and semiochemicals of pest insects. Pests of primary concern are codling moth, pear psylla, apple maggot and brown marmorated stink bugs on apple and pear, cherry fruit fly and spotted wing drosphila on cherries, and green peach aphid, wireworms, leafhoppers, potato psyllid, and green peach aphid on potato. These objectives include improving quarantine treatments to eliminate pests in fruits for export, and assessing risk probabilities for pest introductions. Additionally, the IR-4 minor use pesticide program continues to quantify pesticide residues on crops, and to determine phytotoxicity of pesticides to crops.
Research at TTFVRU:
Research at the Yakima Agricultural Research Lab falls into four major programs:
Exciting Changes at TTFVRU:
Dr. Lisa Neven has been selected as the new Research Leader for the Temperate Tree Fruit and Vegetable Research Unit. Dr. Neven will now guide the important tree fruit and vegetable research being conducted every day at TTFVRU in Wapato Washington.
Dr. Joseph Munyaneza has been selected as National Program Leader for Specialty Crops in the ARS Office of National Programs. While at TTFVRU Dr. Munyaneza focused on potato pests and published many articles available on the TTFVRU Publications page.