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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: PROTECTION OF SUBTROPICAL AND TROPICAL AGRICULTURE COMMODITIES AND ORNAMENTALS FROM EXOTIC INSECTS

Location: Subtropical Horticulture Research

Title: Chemical Control of the Redbay Ambrosia Beetle, Xyleborus glabratus (Coleoptera: Scolytinae) in Florida

Authors
item Pena, Jorge -
item Crane, Jonathan -
item Capinera, John -
item Cave, Ronald -
item Duncan, Rita -
item Kendra, Paul
item Mclean, Steven -

Submitted to: Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: December 2, 2010
Publication Date: December 15, 2010
Citation: Pena, J.E., Crane, J.H., Capinera, J.L., Cave, R.D., Duncan, R.E., Kendra, P.E., Mclean, S. 2010. Chemical Control of the Redbay Ambrosia Beetle, Xyleborus glabratus (Coleoptera: Scolytinae) in Florida . Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting. http://esa.confex.com/esa/2010/webprogram/paper49372.html.

Technical Abstract: The redbay ambrosia beetle, Xyleborus glabratus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae), is an exotic pest of U.S. trees in the family Lauraceae, including avocado (Persea americana) and redbay (P. borbonia). It threatens avocado production in Florida by transmitting Raffaelea lauricola, the fungal pathogen that causes laurel wilt disease in this important fruit crop. While chemical pesticides are not viewed as the only solution to this problem, immediate control tactics are needed for use by the avocado growers. Field tests were conducted using either avocado bolts (logs) treated with a pesticide or by applying pesticide directly to young trees of avocado and redbay. Thirteen products, including systemic and contact insecticides, were evaluated for efficacy in reducing beetle entry and transmission of the laurel wilt pathogen.

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