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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2005-33610-15512
Agency Tracking Number: 2005-00073
Amount: $57,941.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
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
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Starker Wright
 (304) 535-2144
Business Contact
 Starker Wright
Phone: (304) 535-2144
Email: swright@bugtrappers.com
Research Institution
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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