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Research Project: Cranberry Genetic Improvement and Insect Pest Management

Location: Vegetable Crops Research

Title: New directions for mating disruption in Wisconsin

Author
item Eisner, Natalie - University Of Wisconsin
item Luck, Brian - University Of Wisconsin
item Steffan, Shawn

Submitted to: Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/19/2018
Publication Date: 2/16/2018
Citation: Eisner, N., Luck, B., Steffan, S.A. 2018. New directions for mating disruption in Wisconsin. Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association. V26 (Jan 24-25, 2018) pgs. 29-31.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Mating Disruption (MD) is an alternative to insecticide for control of three major pests -Sparganthois fruitworm, Cranberry fruitworm and Blackheaded fireworm. MD functions by sending out false plumes of the insect's sex pheromones – this interferes with the insect’s ability to find a mate, preempting egg fertilization and reducing crop damage. Specialized Pheromone and Lure Application Technology - SPLAT® (ISCA Technologies Inc., Riverside, CA) is a pheromone-infused wax, made of food grade materials that has the potential to replace or reduce insecticide applications. The purpose of this study is to design and build a mechanized extruder for SPLAT® that can be mounted onto boom sprayers and determine the level of control it provides for these pests at field scales.