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Research Project: Development of Attractants/Lures for the Redbay Ambrosia Beetle

Location: Subtropical Horticulture Research

Project Number: 6038-22000-006-04-T
Project Type: Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: May 2, 2011
End Date: May 2, 2016

1. Identify volatile chemicals from host wood substrates that are attractive to redbay ambrosia betle (RAB), the vector of laurel wilt disease. 2. Use synthetic host-based attractants to develop tools for detection and control of RAB for use by action agencies and avocado growers.

A multidisciplinary approach will combine: 1. Chemical identification/separation of volatiles (GC, GC-MS, spinning band distillation). 2. Electrophysiology studies of RAB olfactory response (EAG and GC-EAD). 3. Lab bioassays of RAB behavioral response (Olfactometers, flight tunnels, video analysis) and 4. Field tests to confirm semiochemical efficacy, lure formulations, and field life.

Last Modified: 10/19/2017
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