IPM-CPR: A SYSTEMS-LEVEL APPROACH TO MANAGE BROWN MARMORATED STINK BUG AND CONSERVE BENEFICIAL INSECTS IN TREE FRUIT

Project Details

Description

This project aims to develop management tactics for multiple orchard pests including control against the invasive brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB). Since its introduction, BMSB has become a serious orchard pest that is difficult to control. As a consequence, management programs have changed with many growers dropping IPM-friendly tactics in lieu of intense insecticide applications. We will reintroduce IPM management tactics (mating disruption and ground cover management) and add in border sprays for BMSB as a systems-level approach termed IPM-CPR (Crop Perimeter Restructuring). IPM-CPR has shown to be succesful in NJ peach orchards and this project will expand the research to other important growing regions within the mid-Atlantic states as well as develop grower-friendly decision tools to determine successful management. In addition to managing the key orchard pests, we will look at the impact of IPM-CPR on beneficial insects, such as insect predators and pollinators. Project results will be shared with growers and extension personnel through field demonstrations, research talks, short YouTube videos and a project webpage. In addition, we will conduct a partial budget analysis to determine if there are cost savings in adoption of the IPM-CPR tactics.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date9/1/158/31/18

Funding

  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture (National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA))

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