Posted by: Kelley Welf on May 18, 2010
Ms. Hart's final report supports her hypothesis that the peach twig borer uses both sound and pheromones to locate each other for mating purposes and that using a combination of these tools can be effective in controlling the pests. This also means that a more advanced trap must be developed than those currently in use. In her report, Ms. Hart wrote, "The sound signals are simple sounds, more basic than the songs emitted by microchips in 'singing' greeting cards, or in sound-emitting plush toys. By incorporating the female sound and pheromone signals into one trap to control males, and male sounds alone in a trap to control females, growers should be able to use this combination of new and old technology to effectively and safely rid their crops of this pest moth." Read her full report here.