Unifying Behavioral and Chemical Control for Apple Maggot Fly and other Tephritids

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$57,941.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
2005-33610-15512
Award Id:
72543
Agency Tracking Number:
2005-00073
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P.O.Box 1363, Harpers Ferry, WV, 25425
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
StarkerWright
(304) 535-2144
swright@bugtrappers.com
Business Contact:
StarkerWright
(304) 535-2144
swright@bugtrappers.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The apple maggot fly is a key summer insect pest of commercial apple production in the Northeast and Midwest, and poses and increasing threat to mid-Atlantic production. As an alternative to organophosphate insecticide sprays against apple maggot fly, behavioral control using odor-baited, sticky-coated sphere traps has been demonstrated as highly effective in controlling damage from apple maggot, but is prohibitively difficult and expensive to maintain. This project will refine a unique trapping mechanism to deliver toxicant to foraging apple maggot fly adults, creating a comprehensive trapping system available and effective at all levels of managment: from backyard growers to commercial production to eradication programs. Through the behavioral example of apple maggot fly, this project will also provide the basis for implementation of unified behavioral/chemical control for other fruit flies of economic importance.

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