Development of a female attractant for the click beetle pest Agriotes brevis

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Vuts, J., Furlan, L., Csonka, E. B., Woodcock, C. M., Caulfield, J. C., Mayon, P., Pickett, J. A., Birkett, M. A. and Toth, M. 2014. Development of a female attractant for the click beetle pest Agriotes brevis. Pest Management Science. 70 (4), pp. 610-614.

AuthorsVuts, J., Furlan, L., Csonka, E. B., Woodcock, C. M., Caulfield, J. C., Mayon, P., Pickett, J. A., Birkett, M. A. and Toth, M.
Abstract

BACKGROUND
Traps suitable for catching female Agriotes click beetles may provide better reconnaissance than pheromone-baited traps which catch only males, thereby contributing to more efficient crop protection. The basis for this study came from (i) observations of female Agriotes brevis (Candeze) aggregating beneath foliage of Medicago sativa (L.) and Lolium italicum (A.Br.) placed on plastic sheets on bare soil, and (ii) field tests demonstrating attraction of females to traps baited with foliage from these plants. The aim was to identify and field test volatile compounds from M. sativa and L. italicum leaves.

RESULTS
A number of electrophysiologically active chemicals were identified from headspace extracts of M. sativa and L.italicum. Three different synthetic blends of the identified compounds, comprising four, seven and nine components, were field tested. The four- and nine-component blends caught more female A. brevis than unbaited traps, with the proportion of females not differing between blends.

CONCLUSION
The plant-derived blends were shown to catch female A. brevis under field conditions when applied in traps. Of these, the four-component blend, given its relatively simple composition [(Z)-3-hexenyl acetate:methyl benzoate:(Z)-3-hexen-1-ol:methyl salicylate 300:5:30:30 mg bait(-1)], may be a suitable standard' blend for bait optimisation. (c) 2013 Society of Chemical Industry

KeywordsAgronomy; Entomology
Year of Publication2014
JournalPest Management Science
Journal citation70 (4), pp. 610-614
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1002/ps.3589
PubMed ID23749439
Open accessPublished as non-open access
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Hungarian Scientific Research Fund - OTKA
Research and Technology Innovation Fund
Funder project or codeDelivering Sustainable Systems (SS) [ISPG]
Innovative approaches to pest management
Pathogen-Host Interactions Database: PHI Database [2012-2017]
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online07 Jun 2013
Publication process dates
Accepted07 Jun 2013
PublisherWiley
Copyright licensePublisher copyright
Grant IDK81494
OMFB-00609/2010
ISSN1526-498X

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