Project Number: 2040-43000-017-01-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Jan 1, 2013
End Date: Sep 30, 2015
To develop a postharvest methyl bromide fumigation schedule for sweet cherries against oriental fruit fly and Mediterranean fruit fly for export.
1) Establish colonies of fruit flies. 2) Determine most tolerant species and stage of fruit fly in sweet cherries via dose-response curves to MB fumigation in small chambers. 3) Conduct large scale efficacy tests to demonstrate efficacy of treatment. 4) Assess postharvest quality of cherries after fumigation.