Project Number: 2034-43000-043-053-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Oct 1, 2022
End Date: Aug 31, 2024
1) Provide a practical demonstration, using navel orangeworm (NOW) in tree nut crops, of a novel insect monitoring tool with the capacity for remote automated detection of flying pest insects using ultraviolet light and/or semiochemical lures (UV monitoring device). 2) Demonstrate the ability of the artificial intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT) features associated with this device to distinguish male and female NOW in real time.
Capture of NOW in a prototype device will be compared, over a 15 weeks, to capture in 6 conventional pheromone and 10 conventional ovipositional bait traps located at appropriate separation intervals on either side of the UV monitoring device. Three-week periods within the experiment will be used as intervals in time to compare the response of the trap types at different points in tree nut phenology.