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Research Project: Attract-and-Kill for Sustainable Striped Cucumber Beetle Management

Location: Invasive Insect Biocontrol & Behavior Laboratory

Project Number: 8042-22000-315-016-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Mar 1, 2020
End Date: Nov 30, 2023

The ultimate goal of this project is to develop an effective and adoptable attract-and-kill (A&K) approach for managing striped cucumber beetle (SCB), using attractive odors, selective feeding stimulants, and the judicious use of bee-safe insecticides.

Experiments in New Hampshire, Maryland, Maine and Vermont will address questions regarding trap development and issues with trap deployment, including how much area around traps is affected and how long will components of our traps will last in the field. Experiments will also include field-scale evaluations of our system in collaboration with farmers in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine. This project will generate peer-reviewed and editor-reviewed manuscripts that contribute to our understanding of insect behavior and pest management. In addition to generating extension publications, research results will be presented at grower presentations, twilight meetings, field days, and through direct transfer of information to growers in one-on-one interactions.