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Research Project: Development and Evaluation of an Attract-and-Kill Strategy for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) in Commercial Apple Orchards

Location: Innovative Fruit Production, Improvement and Protection

Project Number: 8080-21000-024-31-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Aug 15, 2013
End Date: Aug 14, 2018

The objectives of this project include: 1) determine optimal release vehicle for attracting the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) to specific locations; 2) quantify retention duration of BMSB responding to olfactory stimuli deployed in or near apple trees; 3) quantify the capacity of insecticide residues of various ages to kill BMSB responding to olfactory stimuli; and 4) perform season-long evaluation of an attract-and-kill strategy compared with a conventional program for BMSB in commercial apple orchards.

The BMSB has emerged as an extremely destructive pest of tree fruit throughout the mid-Atlantic. The intent of this work will be to develop effective management tools for the BMSB in apple orchards. The work will be conducted in collaboration with affected commercial growers.

Last Modified: 10/16/2017
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