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Research Project: Kairomones for Monitoring and Control of Native and Invasive Moths

Location: Temperate Tree Fruit and Vegetable Research

Project Number: 2092-22430-002-29-A
Project Type: Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Feb 1, 2018
End Date: Jan 31, 2019

Objective:
Optimize the use of a new kairomone for monitoring and management of several tortricid pests in tree fruits.

Approach:
Optimization of the new kairomone will include chemical analysis, electrophysiology work, and field testing of dosages and chemically-related compounds in lures and various traps. Field evaluations of the attractiveness of the new kairomone in apple and pear orchards situated within the major fruit growing districts of Washington State and British Columbia. Establishing the correlation for each species of moth catches (both males and females) using this new kairomone with larval densities and fruit injuries in the spring and summer. Conducting small plot studies examining the potential of using the new kairomone as a female moth mass trapping tactic to manage these pests in apple and pear orchards.