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Efficacy and mode of action of female-equivalent dispensers of pheromone for mating disruption of codling moth

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1 We evaluated the efficacy and mode of action of commercially available female-equivalent dispensers of pheromone for mating disruption of codling moth Cydia pomonella (L.) (Lepidoptera Tortricidae).

2 Scentry fibres, but not Hercon flakes, were consistently as or more effective than Isomate C Plus dispensers when applied by hand at 50 dispensers per tree.

3 Individual Scentry fibres were slightly more attractive to male codling moth than Hercon flakes.

4 Efficacy of aerially applied Scentry fibres was equivalent to that of Isomate dispensers in disrupting male codling moth in 4-ha commercial apple plots.

5 Initial deposition and retention of aerially applied fibres were inefficient with approximately 44% formulation loss at application, poor rainfastness and a gradual loss of dispensers from tree canopies after application.

6 Male codling moths were captured in traps baited with lures containing 0.1 mg of pheromone and mated with tethered virgin females that were surrounded by eight fibres placed 30 cm away or 16 fibres placed 45 cm away in untreated plots and plots treated with a background of 50 Isomate dispensers per hectare.

7 A plausible explanation for mating disruption of codling moth by female-equivalent dispensers is competitive attraction without associated habituation and thus improving the effectiveness of these technologies will depend on maximizing the attractiveness of individual dispensers as well as the application density of dispensers per area of crop.
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Keywords: Cydia pomonella; Tortricidae; fibres; flakes; reservoir dispensers

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Entomology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824 2: Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center, Washington State University, Wenatchee, WA 98801, U.S.A.

Publication date: 2008-11-01

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