Location: Raleigh, NC
Contact: Lab Director, Corinna Bazelet
The Fruit Fly Program provides technical support to the APHIS Fruit Fly Exclusion and Detection program in meeting its goals for domestic and international activities to prevent the establishment and spread of non-native fruit flies that threaten the health and value of American agricultural resources.
We provide a nationally coordinated approach to deliver technical and methods support for exclusion activities and emergency response quarantine and eradication activities. These include support to improve fruit fly rearing and emergence techniques; fruit fly aerial sterile releases; release equipment calibration; ground pesticide treatments and operational techniques; enhanced detection; modeling of pest colonization and dispersal; and quality assurance of program resources such as lures, diets, and control pesticides.