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Research Project: Developing and Implementing a Diversified Integrated Pest Management Program Aimed at Preventing Stored Product Insect Infestation

Location: Stored Product Insect and Engineering Research

Project Number: 3020-43000-034-003-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Oct 1, 2017
End Date: Aug 31, 2021

The objective of this collaborative proposal is to develop and implement attract-and-kill technology and long-lasting insecticide netting to improve integrated pest management programs for facilities storing wheat and rice in the Great Plains area of the United States. This proposal is the first time that insecticide netting will be employed in a stored product context, and both of these tactics are vital for improving the preventative approaches available to stored product managers.

Laboratory behavioral assays and GC-MS work will be conducted to elucidate the optimal stimuli for an attract-and-kill lure. Bioassays with the insecticide netting will be conducted to investigate optimal concentration of active ingredient on the netting, determine residual activity, as well as mortality and knockdown over time. Semi-field experiments will be conducted in grain bins at research facilities with both tactics, and then the tactics will be implemented in wheat and rice facilities.