Methyl Bromide Fumigation to Control the Oriental Fruit Moth (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) in Nectarines

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Responses of 24-h-old eggs and first through fifth in stars of the oriental fruit moth (OFM), Grapholita molesta (Busck),in artificially infested nectarines, Prunus persica (L.) Batsch var. nucipersica Schneid, to methyl bromide (MB) fumigation for 2 h at 21°C is reported. Eggs were least susceptible and first in stars were most susceptible when LC50's and concentrations to cause 100% mortality were compared. A MB dose of 30 g/m3 resulted in 100% egg mortality. A currently used MB quarantine fumigation schedule of 32 g/m3 for 2 h at 16–26°C was determined to be efficacious against OFM in nectarines for export to British Columbia.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 1987

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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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