Location: Subtropical Horticulture Research
Project Number: 6038-22000-006-06-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Sep 1, 2012
End Date: Jul 28, 2017
1. To develop improved fruit fly trapping and control systems and integrated pest management programs for control of exotic fruit flies that threaten U.S. agriculture. 2. The effective sampling area for traps baited with the food-based synthetic attractant developed by ARS, critical information that is needed by State and Federal action agencies in the U.S. for use in detection and delimitation of fruit flies.
ARS will provide equipment, training and protocols to FHIA personnel for the antennal sensitivity studies. Populations of fruit flies that are not found in the continental U.S., but that are of quarantine concern for the U.S. agriculture, are endemic in Honduras. These include Mediterranean fruit flies, Mexican fruit flies, West Indian fruit flies and guava fruit flies. The research objective is to determine effective sampling area of traps and lures developed by the scientist at SHRS and to assess antennal sensitivity to bood-based lures.