Modelling the factors affecting the spatiotemporal distribution of cabbage stem flea beetle (Psylliodes chrysocephala) larvae in winter oilseed rape (Brassica napus) in the UK

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Ortega-Ramos, P., Mauchline, A. L., Metcalfe, H., Cook, S. M., Girling, R. D. and Collins, L. 2024. Modelling the factors affecting the spatiotemporal distribution of cabbage stem flea beetle (Psylliodes chrysocephala) larvae in winter oilseed rape (Brassica napus) in the UK. Pest Management Science. 80 (5), pp. 2267-2281. https://doi.org/10.1002/ps.7427

AuthorsOrtega-Ramos, P., Mauchline, A. L., Metcalfe, H., Cook, S. M., Girling, R. D. and Collins, L.
Abstract

BACKGROUND: Cabbage stem flea beetle (CSFB; Psylliodes chrysocephala L.) management in oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.) has become an urgent issue in the absence of permitted and effective insecticides. Understanding the meteorological and management factors affecting their population dynamics has become critical to the development of pest management strategies.
RESULTS: The spatio-temporal changes in CSFB larval populations were assessed both in autumn and spring, in the UK from 2003 to 2017 (a period encompassing pre-and postneonicotinoid insecticide restriction).. After the neonicotinoid ban in 2013, the number of larvae both in autumn and spring increased 10-fold in the UK. When neonicotinoids were available, later sown crops contained fewer larvae than early sown crops, and bigger fields
had fewer larvae than smaller fields, whereas after the ban, bigger fields tended to have more larvae than smaller fields. Wet and mild/hot Septembers were related with higher numbers of larvae when neonicotinoids were available and with lower larval numbers after the neonicotinoid ban. Low temperatures in December and January combined with high rainfall
were related with high numbers of larvae in spring both before and after the neonicotinoid ban.
CONCLUSION: This study will help to produce decision support systems that allow future predictions of regional CSFB population changes and will help growers and consultants to
adjust their management methods to reduce the risk of high infestations.

KeywordsPest control; Insecticides; Integrated pest management; Decision support systems.
Year of Publication2024
JournalPest Management Science
Journal citation80 (5), pp. 2267-2281
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/ps.7427
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Funder project or codeASSIST - Achieving Sustainable Agricultural Systems
Publisher's version
Accepted author manuscript
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online24 Feb 2023
Publication process dates
Accepted24 Feb 2023
PublisherWiley
ISSN1526-498X

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