Baseline Susceptibility to Imidacloprid and Cross Resistance Patterns in Colorado Potato Beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) Populations

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During 1995–1998, we tested 134 geographically discrete populations of Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Say), from the United States, Canada, Germany, France, and Poland for susceptibility to imidacloprid. Neonates were assayed on potato-based agar diet incorporated with imidacloprid and exposed on filter paper to esfenvalerate, azinphosmethyl, and carbofuran to characterize cross-resistance. In all 4 yr, Long Island populations were the most tolerant to imidacloprid, with LC50s ranging up to 29 times higher than the most susceptible populations. Responses to imidacloprid did not change significantly on farms where populations were assayed over time, except for those from Long Island, which doubled in overall tolerance to imidacloprid since 1995. Much of this tolerance was already present before imidacloprid was used on Long Island. Correlative analysis of the populations tested over the 4 yr indicated positive cross-resistance patterns with esfenvalerate and azinphosmethyl. This response was probably caused by preexisting metabolic and excretion mechanisms selected by previous exposure. There was no significant pattern of cross-resistance with carbofuran or bensultap. Regression slopes were also significantly negatively correlated with LC50 values for imidacloprid, indicating higher heterogeneity, which could lead in further resistance development. We discuss the relative sensitivity of diet-incorporated assays with neonates compared with other bioassay studies. Based on a pooled group of susceptible populations tested in 1995, a baseline LC50 of 0.39 ppm and a discriminating concentration of 8 ppm were suggested to detect early stages of resistance in “suspect” populations. We also suggest application strategies for imidacloprid that reduce selection pressure.

Keywords: Colorado potato beetle; Leptinotarsa decemlineata; bioassay; cross-resistance; imidacloprid

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2000

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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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