PheroJet Traps for Areawide Integrated Pest ManagementEPA Contract Number: 68D00251
Title: PheroJet Traps for Areawide Integrated Pest Management
Investigators: Hayes, Donald J.
Small Business: MicroFab Technologies Inc.
EPA Contact: Manager, SBIR Program
Project Period: September 1, 2000 through March 1, 2001
Project Amount: $70,000
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I (2000) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: SBIR - Pollution Prevention , Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
Description:MicroFab Technologies will develop automated codling moth pheromone traps based on state-of-the-art fluid microdispensing, electronic imaging/counting, and wireless data transfer technologies. Because the traps will be automated and able to communicate in real time, they can be integrated easily into a computer controlled system for areawide integrated pest management (IPM). Successful development of commercial PheroJet traps would lead to a significant decrease in the use of pesticides.
The automated traps will utilize: ink-jet printing technology for control of pheromone dispensing (PheroJet) in picoliter quantities with microsecond temporal resolution; electro-optic detection; and wireless communications for low cost, instantaneous data gathering and transfer from distributed monitoring systems to a centralized location.
The traps will be developed specifically for codling moth, but, with some modifications, would be effective for monitoring other moths such as the pink bollworm, bollworm, budmoth, and many others. The detection device, a key component of this type of trap, will be designed to discriminate other species that may enter pheromone baited traps and thus record only the target pest.
During Phase I, MicroFab Technologies will design, fabricate, and test prototype PheroJet moth traps that contain both the pheromone dispensing system and a moth detection/counting system. In Phase II, the wireless telemetry system will be added to the prototype traps and field testing will be expanded.