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Research Project: The Postharvest Treatment of California Blueberries to Eliminate Key Insect Pests

Location: Commodity Protection and Quality Research

Project Number: 2034-43000-040-16-T
Project Type: Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Aug 1, 2014
End Date: Jul 31, 2019

Evaluate the impact on fruit quality of postharvest methyl bromide and phosphine fumigations to eliminate spotted wing drosophila (SWD) and brown marmorated sting bug (BMSB) from California blueberries.

USDA-ARS will work with industry to transfer results of this research into increased trade opportunities for California-grown blueberries. USDA-ARS will conduct research to define effective cold treatment, phosphine, and methyl bromide fumigations for the control of key blueberry pests. A fruit quality evaluation will also be performed to identify any phytotoxicity that may occur from the fumigations and/or cold treatments.