Arthropod-Plant Interactions

, Volume 11, Issue 5, pp 709–716 | Cite as

Curry leaf smells better than citrus to females of Diaphorina citri (Hemiptera: Liviidae)

  • V. H. BelotiEmail author
  • F. Santos
  • G. R. Alves
  • J. M. S. Bento
  • P. T. Yamamoto
Original Paper


The Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) Diaphorina citri Kuwayama has a host range of about 20 species of the family Rutaceae, including Citrus spp. However, few studies have reported on its host preference. This study evaluated the host-choice behavior of ACP in curry leaf (Murraya koenigii L.), through free-choice test and bioassays with a type ‘Y’ olfactometer, and also characterized the volatiles involved in attracting the ACP. In the free-choice test, the number of adults per plant on curry leaf was higher than the number on citrus plants. When the ACP was tested in the olfactometer, the females showed preference for curry leaf over citrus plants. Sixteen volatile compounds were identified in citrus and curry leaves. Qualitative and quantitative differences in the compounds released by citrus and curry leaves were determined. The volatiles present in these hosts may play an important role in the attraction of D. citri. With this information, further studies should be done to develop new management strategies for the ACP.


Huanglongbing Volatiles Terpenes Asian citrus psyllid Rutaceae 



This study was supported by the National Institute of Science and Technology (INCT) Semiochemicals in Agriculture (Fapesp Proc. 2008/57701-2 and CNPq Proc. 573761/2008-6). VHB is supported by FAPESP (Process 2013/25157-0). The authors also thank K.F. Martins and M.M. Picoli for assistance during the bioassays, A.P. Favaris for technical assistance with the GC analysis, and D.L.P. Schorkopf for comments in final version.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Entomology and Acarology‘Luiz de Queiroz’ College of Agriculture/University of São Paulo (ESALQ/USP)PiracicabaBrazil

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