|Authors: ||C.A. Baroffio, V. Guibert, P. Richoz, A. Rogivue, A.K. Borg-Karlsson, J. Cross, M. Fountain, D. Hall, B. Ralle, L. Sigsgaard, N. Trandem, A. Wibe|
|Keywords: ||Anthonomus rubi, Byturus tomentosus, semiochemical trap, raspberry|
In the absence of effective control measures, the strawberry blossom weevil (Anthonomus rubi) (SBW) and the raspberry beetle (Byturus tomentosus) (RB) cause large (10 - >80%) losses in yield and quality in organically grown raspberry.
Attractive lures for both pests were combined into a single multitrap for the economical management of both of these pests at the same time.
This is one of the first approaches to pest management of non-lepidopteran insect pests of horticultural crops using semiochemicals in the EU, and probably the first to target multiple species from different insect orders.
The aim is to develop optimized lures and cost-effective trap designs for mass trapping and to determine the optimum density and spatial and temporal patterns of deployment of the traps for controlling these pests by mass trapping.
The combination between an aggregation pheromone that attracts Anthonomus rubi and a raspberry flower volatile that attracts Byturus tomentosus seems to be the best combination.
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