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Research Project: Evaluation of United Phosphorus Inc. Technologies for Delivering Phosphine Fumigant

Location: Commodity Protection and Quality Research

Project Number: 2034-43000-040-59-T
Project Type: Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Oct 1, 2018
End Date: Aug 14, 2019

Objective:
The project has a long-term goal to ensure pest-free security and food safety of tree nuts in postharvest marketing channels via the development of efficient, economical, and environmentally benign treatments. The short-term goal is to conduct confirmatory postharvest fumigation trials to control navel orangeworm, Mediterranean flour moth, and almond moth using patented United Phosphorus Inc. delivery technology.

Approach:
Utilize a cooperative effort between USDA-ARS, USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), California industry, and foreign counterparts to address pest-related barriers to export. Particular attention will be paid to the expansion and retention of export markets for the California almond and walnut industry. Pests will be targeted with postharvest techniques as outlined in objectives. Conduct commercial-scale studies to confirm treatment efficacy. Whenever possible, treatment parameters will be tailored to infrastructural and logistical requirements of industry with priority given to those that minimize interruption of conventional methods of production, storage, and distribution.