RECENT RESEARCH ACCOMPLISHMENTS
In response to an initial survey of pest concerns and research priorities, the FPMC has made significant accomplishments in the following areas:
- Evaluation of baits resulted in 24C registration of Volcano®, a safe
alternative to methyl bromide, for control of the Texas leaf-cutting ant in
Texas and Louisiana.
- Evaluation of trunk injection of systemic pesticides resulting in 90+%
reduction in coneworm damage for 6+ years in pine seed orchards and
prevention of mortality by bark beetles.
- Determination of the impact of pine reproduction weevils, development of
a weevil risk-rating system and 24C registration of Pounce®, Waylay™
and/or Artic in several southern states.
- Determination of the impact of pine tip moth, development of a tip moth
hazard-rating model and EPA registration of PTM™ (fipronil) and
SilvaShield™ (imidacloprid + fertilizer tablet).
- Studies to develop economical control options to protect young
plantations from tip moth.
- Studies to evaluate potential of systemic tree injections to protect cone
crops from coneworms and seed bugs and trees from bark beetles and
- Develop a new effective leaf-cutting ant bait.
- Web-based list of registered forestry-related pesticides.
- Monitoring of tip moth & coneworm populations in pine seed orchards and
- Prediction of annual southern pine beetle infestation trends.
Pine Tip Moth
Pine Reproduction Weevils
Influence of Harvest Date and Silvicultural Practices on Abundance and Impact of Pine Reproduction Weevils in Western Gulf Loblolly Pine Plantations (3.96 mb)
Seed and Cone Insects
Systemic Insecticide Injections for Control of Cone and Seed Insects in
Loblolly Pine Seed Orchards—2 Year Results (38 kb)
Bark Beetles/Wood Borers
Efficacy of Fipronil for Protecting Individual Pines from Mortality Attributed to Attack by Western Pine Beetle and Mountain Pine Beetle (Coleoptera: Curculionidae, Scolytinae) (180 kb)