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Research Project: Enhanced Mitigation and Rapid Response to Reduce Spread and Impact of Spotted Lanternfly in the United States

Location: Innovative Fruit Production, Improvement, and Protection

Project Number: 8080-21000-032-036-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Jun 1, 2021
End Date: May 31, 2022

The objectives for this project are: 1) Refine deployment strategies for circle-style traps; 2) Collect and analyze headspace of behaviorally promising stimuli sources for potential volatiles to be used in Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) lure development; and 3) Evaluation of experimental lures under semi-field and field experiments.

For Objective 1, we will establish standardized protocols for circle trap deployment including tree species selection, trap height, and servicing interval. For Objective 2, we will search for novel olfactory stimuli attractive to SLF based on behavioral observations made in the field to improve the sensitivity of our monitoring and biosurveillance systems. For Objective 3, we will evaluate attractiveness and sensitivity of experimental lures for tracking the presence, relative density and spread of SLF.