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Hardwood Plantation P&D Semiochemistry

Lawson, Simon. Hardwood Plantation P&D Semiochemistry. Lead Agency: Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI).

Project Start: 1 July 2005

Project End:30 June 2011

Abstract

Insects can cause considerable damage in hardwood plantations and because pesticide use is controversial, future pest management may rely on manipulating insect behaviour.

Insects use infochemical cues to identify and locate mates and host plants and this can be used to manipulate their behaviour and reduce pest impacts in plantations. Infochemicals include chemical signals produced by insects, such as pheromones and kairomones, or those produced by host plants as odours or volatiles that are attractive to insects.

This research is learning how insects perceive and interact with chemical cues or infochemicals in their environment and how these interactions can be manipulated for monitoring and control.

Pest species being investigated include the giant wood moth (Endoxyla cinerea), Culama wood moths, the eucalypt leaf beetle (Paropsis atomaria), red cedar tip moth (Hypsipyla robusta) and several longicorn wood borers.

The project will contribute to new strategies for minimising damage and controlling pest densities in Queensland's hardwood plantations.

Item Type:Research in Progress
Research Location:Dutton Park, Queensland.
DAF Project ID:2376
Subjects:Plant pests and diseases > Pest control and treatment of diseases. Plant protection > Organic plant protection. Biological control
Plant pests and diseases
Forestry
Contact Email:rip@deedi.qld.gov.au
Deposited On:27 Feb 2012 04:22
Last Modified:27 Feb 2012 04:22

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