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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Pheromone Attractant for the Colorado Beetle
See also: US Patent Office Full Record

Patent Number: 6958360
Docket Number: 12901
Serial Number: 10245072
Date Patented: 10/25/2005

Pheromone Attractant for the Colorado Potato Beetle

Technology Description:

ARS entomologists have discovered a pheromone for the Colorado potato beetle (CPB). The pheromone, a single compound released by the male beetle, is attractive to both sexes. This discovery broke a paradigm for a female-produced sex attractant for the beetle. CPB is a major pest of potatoes and other solanaceous crops in the United States, Europe, and Asia. If left uncontrolled, CPB can completely defoliate all plants in a field by mid growing season. New approaches to manage CPB are desperately needed, as they have become resistant to many chemical insecticides, and even to some genetically-modified plants. Pesticide application for insect control may contaminate ground water. The pheromone may be used in integrated pest management programs to monitor incipient pest populations, attract beetles to a trap crop, or as a component of an attracticide.

Market demand for the pheromone should be high, since CPB is a serious pest of potatoes worldwide. Companies that manufacture insecticides could use this invention.


Please refer to patent application S.N. 10/245,072, "Attractant Pheromone for the Colorado Potato Beetle," which was filed on September 17, 2002.


Joseph C. Dickens    
Chemicals Affecting Insect
 Behavior Laboratory
Beltsville, MD 20705-2350 
(301) 504-5482 / Fax: (301) 504-6580   

James E. Oliver
(Same as first inventor)
(301) 504-8639 / Fax: (301) 504-6580



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