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Research Project: Use of a Host Plant Volatile Blend to Monitor Navel Orangeworm Populations During Integrated Pest Management(IPM) Treatments in Almond Orchards

Location: Foodborne Toxin Detection and Prevention Research

Project Number: 2030-42000-039-02-T
Project Type: Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Aug 1, 2014
End Date: Dec 31, 2018

To determine over a multi-year experiment if a recently developed blend of synthetic host plant volatiles can efficiently monitor male and female navel orangeworm populations during mating disruption studies in MD-treated almond orchards

Using well established protocols by Paramount Farming personnel and large plots of almond orchards undergoing MD treatments,2 the synthetic host plant volatile blend, placed in 8 mL Nalgene bottles with a 3.0 mm hole drilled in the cap4 will be placed in pre-established locations – edges paired with interior areas in the Lost Hills Areawide NOW MD project, at one trap per 50 acres. The number of moths captured by the blend will be compared to those of almond meal-baited traps. A total of 2,500 acres undergoing MD treatment will be monitored for 30 weeks with 60 vials per week used (vials + chemicals are ca. $5 per vial). Ranch personnel will place and monitor delta traps throughout the experiment. ARS personnel will prepare the vials4 and ship to Paramount Farming for evaluation.