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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

Objective:
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.

Approach:
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.