Development and optimization of methods for using sex pheromone for monitoring the mealybug Planococcus ficus (Homoptera: Pseudococcidae) in California vineyards.

@article{Millar2002DevelopmentAO,
  title={Development and optimization of methods for using sex pheromone for monitoring the mealybug Planococcus ficus (Homoptera: Pseudococcidae) in California vineyards.},
  author={Jocelyn G. Millar and Kent M Daane and J. Steven Mcelfresh and Jardel A. Moreira and Raksha Malakar-Kuenen and Marta Guill{\'e}n and Walt J Bentley},
  journal={Journal of economic entomology},
  year={2002},
  volume={95 4},
  pages={706-14}
}
The sex pheromone of the vine mealybug Planococcus ficus Signoret has been identified as a single component, lavandulyl senecioate. Racemic lavandulyl senecioate was as attractive to male mealybugs as the insect-produced (S)-enantiomer, indicating that the unnatural enantiomer is not inhibitory. Lavandulol, which also was found in extracts from virgin females, antagonized attraction of males at higher doses. Rubber septum lures loaded with 10- to 1,000-microg doses of the pheromone were equally… CONTINUE READING

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