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Research Project: Eliminating Pest-Related Trade Barriers for the Alaska Grown Peony Trade Industry

Location: Commodity Protection and Quality Research

Project Number: 2034-43000-043-09-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Oct 1, 2018
End Date: Sep 30, 2022

Develop novel postharvest treatments to control key pests in trade and marketing channels of fresh Alaska peony exports.

Conduct research outlined in USDA-Foreign Agricultural Service grant #2018-09, Year 1: Initiate laboratory-scale postharvest treatments to control target pests, including thrips. Using Probit regression analyses, predict treatment parameters required to meet international phytosanitary standards (e.g., >30,000 treated, Probit-8.2 efficacy at 95% level of confidence). Utilize a cooperative effort between USDA-ARS, USDA-APHIS, Alaska 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.