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Research Project: Novel Treatments for Quarantine Insect Pests

Location: Commodity Protection and Quality Research

Project Number: 2034-43000-040-62-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Oct 1, 2018
End Date: Sep 30, 2019

Objective:
Conduct research that proves that key pests can be controlled or eliminated from trade and marketing channels of fresh California citrus exports.

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. Pests will be targeted with novel postharvest techniques including, but not limited to fumigation, heat/cold treatments, and system-based approaches. Whenever possible, techniques will be tailored to infrastructural and logistical requirements with priority given to those that minimize interruption to conventional methods of production, storage, and distribution.