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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Research Project: Semiochemical Methods to Control Insect Pests

Location: Chemistry Research

Project Number: 6036-22000-027-05-S
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jul 1, 2012
End Date: Mar 12, 2015

Objective:
Development of novel semiochemical approaches to control Pepper weevil.

Approach:
Blends of attractants for pepper weevil identified in laboratory tests will be field tested during whole growing seasons for population monitoring. Tests to determine: 1) if it is possible to prevent infestations by pepper weevils by trapping insects migrating into fields and; 2) how efficiently populations can be reduced by trapping within infested fields will be conducted. Tests will be performed using a standard randomized block design. Initially it should be sufficient to use standard rubber septa lures and yellow sticky traps; however, tests will be conducted to develop an optimized release system and trap design.

Last Modified: 2/23/2016
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