Project Number: 2034-43000-037-04-T
Project Type: Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Aug 1, 2010
End Date: Jul 31, 2015
Investigate the length of persistence of the new soft insecticides in pistachios that target navel orangeworm (Amyelois transitella)and assess spray coverage.
Almonds will be sprayed by commercial cooperators and collected at intervals over a 30-60 day period. These almonds will be challenged in the lab by infesting them with known numbers of eggs and assessing adult emergence. Samples will be taken from the hull and environment and analyzed to determine insecticide residue, which will be linked to the success of the bioassays. Additional experiments conducted in the field will assess insecticide coverage using sentinel eggs and spray cards.