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Research Project: Quantifying Efficacies Associated with Systems-Approaches to Insect Pest Control

Location: Commodity Protection and Quality Research

Project Number: 2034-43000-043-13-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Jun 15, 2019
End Date: Apr 30, 2021

Objective:
Increase the utilization of systems approaches to mitigate risk of quarantine insects, thereby decreasing the use of insecticides and postharvest fumigants.

Approach:
Conduct research outlined in USDA-APHIS Farm Bill 2019 proposal, Year 3: Apply data to generate predictive models to describe how individual elements in a system contribute to overall treatment efficacy and/or reduction in risk. Comparatively evaluate different models and determine the most accurate model for the various case studies. Utilize a cooperative effort between USDA-ARS, USDA-APHIS, University of California, 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 system-based approaches including, but not limited to: fumigation, heat/cold treatments, and field sprays. 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.