MANIPULATING HOST- & MATE-FINDING BEHAVIOR OF PLUM CURCULIO: DVLPMNT OF A MULTI-LIFE STAGE MGMNT STRATEGY FOR A KEY FRUIT PEST -CFDA #10.309
Appalachian Fruit Research Laboratory
Project Number: 8080-21000-024-05
General Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Oct 01, 2009
End Date: May 31, 2014
We will: (1) isolate and identify attractive olfactory stimuli associated with host- and mate-finding for adult plum curculio using gas chromatography coupled with electroantennogram dected and mass spectrometry; (2) develop effective deployment strategies for newly identified olfactory stimuli to manipulate host- and mate-finding, and promote aggreagation of the plum curculio within apple orchards; (3) evaluate efficacy of entomopathogenic nematodes against plum curculio larvae; (4) evaluate efficacy of a multi-lifestage approach for management of plum curculio within spatially precise locations within commercial apple orchards; and (5) actively promote outreach and information exchange among interested stakeholders, crop consultants, state IPM research and extension programs, and federal researchers.
We will utilize laboratory-based electrophysiological studies and field-based bioassays to identify novel olfactory stimuli for the plum curculio. We will also perform laboratory and field-based studies to identify effective entomopathogenic nematodes. Final evaluations will be made in commercial orchards.