ESA Annual Meetings Online Program

0553 Trunk injection: a new and innovative technique for insecticide delivery in tree fruits

Monday, November 14, 2011: 8:15 AM
Room A5, First Floor (Reno-Sparks Convention Center)
Anthony Hale VanWoerkom , Entomology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
George Sundin , Plant Pathology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Christine Vandervoort , Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
John C. Wise , Department of Entomology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Trunk injection technology was tested for its effectiveness in delivering insecticides for protecting apple trees from direct and indirect insect pests. Two rates of imidacloprid and emamectin benzoate were injected in apple trees shortly after the apple petal fall stage. Field survey techniques were used to evaluate the control of an array of indirect apple pests, including potato leafhopper (Empoasca fabae), obliquebanded leafroller (Choristoneura rosaceana), spotted tentiform leafminer (Phyllonorycter blancardella), Oriental fruit moth (Grapholitha molesta), and Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica). Bioassays were used to assess mortality of obliquebanded leafroller (OBLR). Leaf, fruit, and wood core samples were taken for residue analysis post injection using GCMS and HPLC. This method of insecticide delivery may prove to be an economical and environmentally safe alternative to ground sprayers. It is expected to eliminate concerns about pesticide drift, worker exposure, and negative impacts on beneficial insects.

doi: 10.1603/ICE.2016.56389