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Research Project: Areawide Pest Management of Fruit Flies in Hawaii

Location: Tropical Crop and Commodity Protection Research

Project Number: 0500-00044-029-00-D
Project Type: In-House Appropriated

Start Date: Feb 28, 2010
End Date: Mar 31, 2013

To develop and integrate sustainable tephritid fruit fly management methods in areawide demonstration projects; to form long-term partnerships among federal, state, and the private sector. To transfer to growers economical and ecologically sound technologies to manage tephritid fruit flies on fruits and vegetables, and to enhance the export market. The objectives are to be met by the development and implementation of on-farm areawide pest management partnership demonstration in the Hawaiian islands.

Through cooperation with stakeholders and with the help of University, state, federal, and private research agencies, we plan to demonstrate and implement the use of one or more of the following technologies to reduce populations of the four (4) species of fruit flies that attack agricultural crops. 1) Mass-trapping/male annihilation, 2) bait sprays/bait stations, 3) augmentative parasite releases, and 4) sterile fly releases. Evaluation of the effectiveness of these technologies and cost-benefit analysis will be conducted to determine program success. Formerly 0500-00044-016-00D. (2/10).