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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: BIORATIONAL CONTROL METHODS FOR INSECT PESTS OF POTATO

Location: Fruit and Vegetable Insect Research

Title: How Do Wireworms Find Their Host Plants?

Author
item Horton, David

Submitted to: Potato Progress
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: March 29, 2007
Publication Date: July 10, 2007
Citation: Horton, D.R. 2007. How Do Wireworms Find Their Host Plants?. Potato Progress 7 (#10): 1-3.

Interpretive Summary: Wireworms are important pests of potatoes throughout North America. The means by which wireworms locate the potato host plant are briefly reviewed, and shown to include chemical cues that act to prompt long-distance orientation, and other chemicals that act as feeding stimulants. The possibility of using this information in formulating baits that could then be used in attract-and-kill management programs for wireworms is assessed.

Technical Abstract: Wireworms are important pests of potatoes throughout North America. The means by which wireworms locate the potato host plant are briefly reviewed, and shown to include chemical cues that act to prompt long-distance orientation, and other chemicals that act as feeding stimulants. The possibility of using this information in formulating baits that could then be used in attract-and-kill management programs for wireworms is assessed.

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