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Research Project: Pheromone-based Population Management of Ephestia cautella: Food Safety and Security through Environmental-friendly Pest Management

Location: Commodity Protection and Quality Research

Project Number: 2034-43000-040-63-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Dec 1, 2018
End Date: Aug 30, 2019

The objectives of this research are to compare the effect of two pheromone compositions (straight ZETA and a blend of the two most important components) on mating disruption in E. cautella and study how the efficacy of mating disruption in E. cautella can be maximized.

Examine the impact of pre-exposure to artificial sex pheromone on male response to females. In a second experiment, ARS researchers will compare the impact of low- and high-emitting dispensers on disruption at various population densities.