Location: Insect Behavior and Biocontrol Research
Project Number: 6036-22000-030-17-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement
Start Date: Oct 1, 2016
End Date: Mar 31, 2019
To develop an economically viable and environmentally appropriate management strategy for Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) that exploits the most current available information about ACP behavior. A trap and attract-and-kill device based on vision, olfaction and gestation will be developed as well as an optimal method of field deployment. Specifically at Center for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomology (CMAVE), Gainesville, Florida, optimal vision aspects for the traps will be determined for both the trap and attract-and-kill device.
Published and ongoing studies provide evidence of strong attraction of Asian citrus psyllids (ACP) to colors and attraction of psyllids to host plant volatiles as well as phagostimulants and the incorporation of all of these stimuli into an effective surveillance and control strategy has not yet been done. This proposed research will address the optimization of these components into devices that will be tested in the field. Specifically for the vision component conducted at Center for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomology (CMAVE), laboratory studies will provide the basis for optimized attraction by incorporating ultraviolet reflecting surfaces to enhance attraction of psyllids. Then these visual cures will be developed for incorporation into the traps and control devices that will be developed. These will be field evaluated with iterations as need to optimize the devices for field use. It is expected that these will be of benefit to management of ACP in both California and Florida.