Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 30, Issue 5, pp 991–1000

Potential for Use of Synthetic Sex Pheromone for Mating Disruption of the Olive Pyralid Moth, Euzophera pinguis

  • Antonio Ortiz
  • Antonio Quesada
  • Adolfo Sanchez
Article

DOI: 10.1023/B:JOEC.0000028463.43564.40

Cite this article as:
Ortiz, A., Quesada, A. & Sanchez, A. J Chem Ecol (2004) 30: 991. doi:10.1023/B:JOEC.0000028463.43564.40

Abstract

The potential for pheromone-based mating disruption of the olive pyralid moth (OPM), Euzophera pinguis, in olive groves was investigated during the second flight period in small-plot trials in 2002. The female of this species emits a blend of (9Z,12E)-tetradecadien-1-ol and (9Z,12E)-tetradecadienyl acetate, which were synthesized for field tests. Mating disruption efficacy in 0.8-ha trials was evaluated using two parameters: reduction of male capture in pheromone traps and reduction of infestation in infestation-prone sites. White rubber septa containing 10 mg of pheromone blend as disruptant were applied at a density of 50 septa/ha for each treatment. Mean catches of E. pinguis males in pheromone traps were greatly reduced (>95%) in pheromone-treated plots relative to similar traps placed in control plots. In addition, significant reductions were recorded (35–40%) in the oviposition and infestation levels during pheromone treatment. The total amount of pheromone blend released from disruption dispensers during the field trials was estimated to average 5.4 mg/ha/day, over 56 days.

Mating disruption olive pyralid moth Euzophera pinguis Lepidoptera Pyralidae (9Z 12E)-tetradecadien-1-ol (9Z 12E)-tetradecadienyl acetate 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Ortiz
    • 1
    • 2
  • Antonio Quesada
    • 1
    • 2
  • Adolfo Sanchez
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Departamento de Química Inorgánica y OrgánicaUniversidad de JaénSpain
  2. 2.EUP LinaresSpain
  3. 3.Paraje las Lagunillas s/nJaénSpain

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