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Research Project: New Fruit Fly Attractants to Reduce Pesticide use in Eradication Programs

Location: Commodity Protection and Quality Research

Project Number: 2034-43000-040-46-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jul 1, 2017
End Date: Jun 30, 2020

Objective:
The project objectives are to develop novel attractants for fruit fly pests of economic importance providing enhanced monitoring tools to reduce or eliminate the need for pesticides in an eradication program.

Approach:
Utilize a cooperative effort between USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the California Department of Pesticide Regulation(DPR), and industry to address fruit fly related barriers to domestic and export quarantines. Particular attention will be paid to the California citrus, table grape, and stone fruit markets. The key goals of the project include i.) Design and synthesize novel Tephritid fruit fly attractants, ii.) formulation of attractants, and iii.) evaluation of attraction in bioassays (electroantennagram), functional assays (mating disruption, carrousel), and field studies.