Project Number: 2034-43000-040-41-T
Project Type: Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Oct 1, 2016
End Date: Sep 30, 2019
Conduct postharvest research to demonstrate the efficacy associated with the elimination, or removal, of insect pests from stone fruit destined for key export markets, such as Japan.
Utilize a cooperative effort between the USDA, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), California industry, and foreign counterparts to address pest-related barriers to export. Particular attention will be paid to the expansion and retention of export markets. Pests will be targeted with novel postharvest techniques including, but not limited to methyl bromide fumigation. Exploratory studies to define treatment efficacy against codling moth will be initiated at the laboratory-scale and followed by pilot- and commercial- scale confirmatory testing. Year 1 will focus on the methyl bromide treatment of plums, while year 2 will focus on peaches. Whenever possible, fumigation parameters will be tailored to infrastructural and logistical requirements of industry with priority given to those that minimize interruption of conventional methods of production, storage, and distribution.