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Research Project: Florida Olive Insect Pest Survey

Location: Insect Behavior and Biocontrol Research

Project Number: 6036-22000-030-20-N
Project Type: Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Apr 1, 2017
End Date: Dec 31, 2019

Survey olive groves in Florida to characterize the pest species present and phenology of pests and to determine if citrus pests such as the Asian citrus psyllid are present. Determine appropriate surveillance methods and traps, and optimal timing for trap placement to detect primary pest species in Florida olive groves. The University of Florida Extension Entomologist will develop an integrated pest management plan for pests of concern and extension materials (online and print) on pest control recommendations to regional extension agents and area olive growers.

Both visual and pheromone-baited traps for anticipated pest species will be placed in 4 commercial olive groves for two years in mid-central and northern Florida. Traps will be placed and collected throughout the year with emphasis around flush, bloom and fruit times with collections compared between trap types and other surveillance methods, as well as between locations. Insects will be identified and compared to damage surveys obtained at the same locations. Primary pests will be identified and optimal trap type and deployment plans developed.