Semiochemicals for Thrips and Their Use in Pest Management

William D.J. Kirk, Willem Jan De Kogel, Elisabeth H. Koschier, David A.J. Teulon

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Thrips (Thysanoptera) are small insects that can cause huge problems in agriculture, horticulture, and forestry through feeding and the transmission of plant viruses. They produce a rich chemical diversity of pheromones and allomones and also respond to a broad range of semiochemicals from plants. These semiochemicals offer many opportunities to develop new approaches to pest management. Aggregation pheromones and plant-derived semiochemicals are already available in commercial products. We review these semiochemicals and consider how we can move away from using them mainly for monitoring to using them for control. We still know very little about the behavioral responses of thrips to semiochemicals, and we show that research in this area is needed to improve the use of semiochemicals in pest management. We also propose that thrips should be used as a model system for semiochemically mediated behaviors of small insects that have limited ability to fly upwind.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-119
Number of pages19
JournalAnnual Review of Entomology
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2021


  • allelochemical
  • behavior
  • chemical ecology
  • integrated pest management
  • pheromone
  • Thysanoptera


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