PI(s): Salom, Scott M (Project Leader)
Abstract: During the 1980's and 1990's we were part of a team responsible for developing a suppression tactic based on the southern pine beetle produced inhibitor-pheromone, verbenone. The tactic was approved by EPA in 1999, but is still not operational or commercially available.
The elution device proved inadequate for commerical and operational use. Funding slowed and the private licensee of the tactic did not follow-up successfully with the development of a new elution device. Recent efforts by other scientists to revive this work and develop new elution devices may get this tactic back on track toward being a managment option for forestry professionals responsible for managing southern pine beetle activity.