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Research Project: Improved Biologically-Based Methods for Management of Native and Invasive Crop Insect Pests

Location: Insect Behavior and Biocontrol Research

Title: Tick pheromones

item Allan, Sandra - Sandy

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/10/2022
Publication Date: 12/22/2022
Citation: Allan, S.A. 2022. Tick pheromones. Book Chapter. 419-447.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Ticks represent significant challenges to both veterinary and medical health due to their roles as disease vectors or through damage and nuisance due to feeding. They are present throughout a diverse array of environments. A common challenge to this group, however, is communication within the species to maximize survival. Pheromonal communication is key for optimal survival in the diverse habitats of both soft and hard ticks. This chapter reviews courtship behavior and the different roles of pheromones in guiding tick courtship. The formation of grouping and assemblies of ticks either on- or off-hosts enhance survival and feeding, and the roles of pheromones in these activities are reviewed with particular emphasis on assembly and attraction/aggregation/attachment pheromones. Practical applications of pheromones are reviewed and include enhancement of rearing methods, development of population surveillance methods and various approaches to control strategies.