Submitted to: National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/15/2010
Publication Date: 4/19/2010
Citation: Westbrook, J.K., Adamczyk Jr, J.J., Allen, C.T., Kostroun, D. 2010. ARS, university and regulatory partnerships needed to address the challenge and complete eradication. National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference. p. 1027-1028. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Although most of the U.S. Cotton Belt has achieved functional eradication of the boll weevil, certain areas of Texas as well as Northern Mexico still experience economic loss to this pest. Currently under active eradication, most of these areas are considered subtropical, where boll weevils can persist throughout the year. Since killing freezes are very infrequent, volunteer and non-commercial cotton have become established in these areas and are considered a likely source of continued boll weevil infestations. This symposium addresses the complications and challenges surrounding eradiation of the boll weevil in this climate as well as solutions for achieving success.