Almond pest repellentThis article was originally published in Foodnews
CALIFORNIAN almond growers have welcomed the results of research looking into effective repellents for navel orangeworm, a major pest affecting the industry. UC Davis student, Kevin Cloonan, who is studying for his master’s degree with chemical ecologist Walter Leal, professor of entomology, recently presented his paper on ‘Potential Oviposition Repellent for the Navel Orangeworm in Almond Orchards of Central California’, after testing 20 broad spectrum insect repellents as potential oviposition repellents. Of the 20 repellents, three showed significant responses, he said. “One especially looks very promising,” said Cloonan.