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Field Tests of the Olefin Precursor of Disparlure for Suppression of Mating in the Gypsy Moth

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The gypsy moth, Porthetria dispar (L.), mating disruption capabilities of a microencapsulated formulation of 2-mcthyl-cis-7-octadecene, the olefin precursor of disparlure, were evaluated in field tests on Cape Cod, Mass., and in central Pennsylvania. Neither preseason nor inseason applications of up to 61.75 g/ha of the olefin disrupted mate-finding or reduced trap catches to levels theorized to be necessary for population control. Disparlure applied at 15 g/ha significantly reduced fertilization of females in test plots; olefin applications at the same rate did not.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1975

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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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