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Research Project: Leveraging Pest Behavior for Implementation of Biological Control for Plum Curculio

Location: Fruit and Tree Nut Research

Project Number: 6042-22000-024-13-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Oct 1, 2018
End Date: Aug 31, 2021

Objective:
1. Identify dispersal behavior of plum curculio in relation to host plant utilization of PC within peach. 2. Adapt use of entomopathogenic nematodes to regional systems and correlate with weevil distribution.

Approach:
1. The movement of plum curculio into peach orchards and interaction with alternate host plants will be characterized. 2. Persistence and efficacy of different entomopathogenic nematode species will be determined in peach orchards in relation to plum curculio control. 3. The movement patterns of plum curculio will be leveraged to maximize efficiency in biocontrol applications using entomopathogenic nematodes. The approach will be integrated with existing strategies.