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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Further Evaluation of Mating Disruption As a Pest Management Tool for Indianmeal Moth in Organic Dried Beans

Authors
item Brandl, David
item Burks, Charles
item Roberts, Jesse - PATTERSON
item Patterson, Liz - SUTTER

Submitted to: Methyl Bromide Alternatives and Emissions Research Conference Proceedings
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: October 7, 2003
Publication Date: November 5, 2004
Citation: Brandl, D.G., Burks, C.S., Roberts, J., Patterson, L. 2004. Further evaluation of mating disruption as a pest management tool for indianmeal moth in organic dried beans. Methyl Bromide Alternatives and Emissions Research Conference Proceedings. November 3-6, 2003, San Diego, California. Paper No. 140.

Interpretive Summary: Previous data indicated that mating disruption could be efficacious for prevention of Indianmeal moth infestation of some commodities. In this progress report data on Indianmeal moth prevalence, pheromone response, mating, and reproductive activity are presented for a commercial warehouse containing organic dried beans, in which mating disruption was used as a preventative treatment against the Indianmeal moth Plodia interpunctella. Membrane emitters were used to release (Z,E)-9,12-tetradecadienyl acetate (ZETA) in the organic storage, and pheromone-baited flight traps, oviposition traps, and mating assays with unmated females were examined on a weekly basis to examine Indianmeal moth activity inside and outside the test area. In this report the most recent data available data for this study are presented, along with economic data demonstrating that mating disruption with these emitters was more economical than the practice it replaced; i.e., weekly fogging with dichlorvos.

Technical Abstract: Previous data indicated that mating disruption could be efficacious for prevention of Indianmeal moth infestation of some commodities. In this progress report data on Indianmeal moth prevalence, pheromone response, mating, and reproductive activity are presented for a commercial warehouse containing organic dried beans, in which mating disruption was used as a preventative treatment against the Indianmeal moth Plodia interpunctella. Membrane emitters were used to release (Z,E)-9,12-tetradecadienyl acetate (ZETA) in the organic storage, and pheromone-baited flight traps, oviposition traps, and mating assays with unmated females were examined on a weekly basis to examine Indianmeal moth activity inside and outside the test area. In this report the most recent data available data for this study are presented, along with economic data demonstrating that mating disruption with these emitters was more economical than the practice it replaced; i.e., weekly fogging with dichlorvos.

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