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Research Project: Exploring the Mechanism of Toxicology of Methyl Benzoate Based on Neurophysiological Recordings

Location: Invasive Insect Biocontrol & Behavior Laboratory

Project Number: 8042-22000-288-02-N
Project Type: Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Mar 1, 2018
End Date: Feb 2, 2021

Objective:
To obtain a working understanding of neurophysiological recordings of Drosophila melanogaster when exposed to methyl benzoate. This will assist in determining how the compound causes the toxic effects seen in toxicological assays. Once mastered, the technique will be used to screen Drosophila suzukii.

Approach:
Team members will collaborate to understand how a plant fragrant volatile compound, methyl benzoate, works as a pesticide to kill insect pests. It can be integrated and used in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs to manage invasive pests in an environmentally and economically sustainable manner by: 1) conduct neurophysiological recordings of Drosophila suzukii; 2) write report for publication.