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The Stability of Hydrogenated Gypsy Moth Sex Attractant1

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The gypsy moth sex attractant deteriorates rapidly, so that most of its original potency is lost when it is exposed during the next flight season, a year later. Eight lots or this attractant collected between 1947 and 1956 were stabilized by hydrogenation and tested periodically to determine their loss in attractively when stored at 4° C. Results of these tests indicate that the hydrogenation procedure is deflective in preventing deterioration of the lure. In the latest tests hydrogenated lures that were collected 9, 4, 3,2, and 1 years previously were equally effective. Hydrogenation should be carried out shortly after collection of the lure. Details of this procedure are given.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1959

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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