Location: Insect Behavior and Biocontrol Research
Project Number: 6036-22000-030-21-A
Project Type: Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Sep 1, 2017
End Date: Aug 30, 2018
Citrus production is one of the major agricultural commodities in Florida, with production severely hampered by the disease, huanglongbing, which is vectored by Asian citrus psyllid. The objective of this research is to develop an effective visual trap for the Asian citrus psyllid which can be utilized for surveillance or developed into an attract-and-kill strategy against this insect species.
ARS will develop and conduct preliminary laboratory evaluation of various visual attractants for the Asian citrus psyllid. ARS will determine visual traps to be further evaluated in the field. The cooperator will evaluate these visual traps in local citrus orchards to determine efficacy of different visual stimuli on psyllid attraction. ARS will use these data to refine visual traps to optimize attraction and the new traps will be further evaluated by the cooperator. The most effective visual stimuli will be incorporated by ARS into an optimal trap.