The potential use of lures for thrips biocontrol in greenhouses: practice and theory

D.A.J. Teulon, M.M. Davidson, M.C. Nielsen, N.B. Perry, R.W.H.M. van Tol, W.J. de Kogel

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    Exploiting the response of thrips pest species to odours has long been a goal for improving thrips pest management including biological control. Applications of attractants could include improved monitoring, push-pull (in conjunction with a repellent odour), lure and kill, and lure and infect technologies, and surveillance for invasive organisms. We have recently discovered that 4-pyridyl carbonyl compounds can elicit responses from a range of thrips species (Thrips tabaci, T. major, T. obscuratus and Frankliniella occidentalis) in the laboratory, in glasshouses and in open field bioassays. Some of these compounds can increase the trap capture of these thrips species in both commercial greenhouses and broad acre commercial crops where these species are considered pests. However, our understanding of the mechanisms eliciting this response in thrips is still only rudimentary. Greater knowledge of the underlying behavioural mechanisms, including the intrinsic and extrinsic factors that may affect these responses, as well as optimal trap design and configuration, and odour formulation, will be essential if semiochemical-based approaches are to be integrated into thrips management programmes
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Third International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods, Christchurch, New Zealand, 8-13 February 2009
    EditorsP.G. Mason, D.R. Gillespie, C. Vincent
    Place of PublicationMorgantown, WV
    PublisherUnited States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    EventThird International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods - Christchurch, New Zealand
    Duration: 8 Feb 200913 Feb 2009


    ConferenceThird International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods
    CountryNew Zealand

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