The primary goal of this proposal is to conduct studies investigating the potential for achieving arthropod management of arthropod pests of specialty crops through the complementary use of selective insecticides and biological management. This proposal is not intended to describe how Hatch funds alone will be used, but to broadly depict a research program for management of key arthropods in specialty crops grown in Idaho. Resources beyond those provided by Hatch funds will be required to address the described work. Nor can this proposal address the arthropod management needs of all specialty crops produced in Idaho, but rather will address those arthropod management issues identified as priorities, in published Crop Profiles and Pest Management Strategic Plans, and through direct communication with commodity commissions and grower associations,
and for which appropriate state, regional and federal resources can be garnered. The core of this project will include research examining 1) the potential for the use of pheromones for the management of Prionus californicus (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in hops and 2) management of lygus bugs (Hemiptera: Miridae) in alfalfa seed.