USDA Joint Development Agreement for Insect Pest DetectionAEC and the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Gainesville, FL have signed a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA No. 58- 3K95-M-857) entitled "Acoustic System for Detection of Hidden Insect Infestations in Wood, Stored Products, Soil, and Other Obscure Locations". The AED-2000 hand held acoustic emission instrument will be the basis for this development program aimed at improving insect pest detection in a variety of agricultural applications.
According to the USDA announcement, "Growers, warehouse managers, and researchers are searching for new ways to target hidden insect infestations and reduce the amounts and extent of pesticides used. ARS researchers recently constructed and tested low- frequency acoustic systems that successfully detected insects in stored products, soil, and wood, but technical difficulties have hindered the development of practical applications. AEC has experience in designing and marketing ultrasonic systems for industrial leak detection and acoustic emission applications, and will work together with ARS to develop a portable, user-friendly instrument to replace traditional labor-intensive, destructive sampling methods for surveying and targeting of subterranean and other hidden pest insect populations. Ultimately, such devices are expected to increase the efficiency and reduce the cost of pest management surveys, and decrease the use of pesticides."
AEC is very proud to announce its participation in this program. Further information is available at the USDA- ARS website at http://cmave.usda.ufl.edu/~rmankin/index.html (See our Links page)
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