The California Table Grape Commission will be searching for post-harvest treatments to thwart invasive pests, thanks to a $363,500 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant.
The first three targets of the three-year project are the spotted wing drosophila, European grapevine moth and brown marmorated stink bug, according to a news release.
“Invasive species have the potential to completely disrupt the marketing of affected products,” Kathleen Nave, commission president said in the release. “An invasive pest find can affect domestic shipments as quickly as it disrupts exports."
The project will identify post-harvest treatments that dn't compromise table grape quality, are compatible with standard industry practices and don't require significant additional investments.
The funding comes from the USDA's Foreign Agricutlural Service Technical Assistant for Specialty Crops.