Blueberry Stem Gall Wasp Research – Experiments

Project Overview

FNE01-383
Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2001: $3,300.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2001
Region: Northeast
State: New York
Project Leader:

Annual Reports

Commodities

  • Fruits: berries (other)

Practices

  • Education and Training: decision support system, farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research
  • Farm Business Management: new enterprise development, risk management
  • Pest Management: biological control, cultural control, integrated pest management, mating disruption, prevention, traps
  • Production Systems: agroecosystems

    Proposal summary:

    Stem gall wasp problems in high-bush blueberries have not been given much attention. The farmer—after four years of pruning and burning, only to see the galls increase—is interested in exploring whether other high-bush growers are facing similar problems, whether there are unknown host plants nearby, where the wasp comes from, and explore whether the galls are potentially marketable for scientific projects. Project components include mapping affected plants, working with other growers, field trails, and searching for hosts that may support reintroduction.

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