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Preliminary screening of potential control products against Drosophila suzukii

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Neil AudsleyORCiD



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The first recording of Drosophila suzukii in the UK occurred in the south of England during August 2012. Since then sticky traps have continued to record the presence of individuals. Several products (both chemical and biological) were investigated for their efficacy against different life-stages of the pest. Both direct and indirect exposure to control products was assessed. Spinosad, chlorantraniliprole and the experimental product, TA2674, showed excellent potential as control agents when used as either a pre- or post-dipping treatment for blueberries with mortalities of 100%, 93% and 98% mortality, respectively, being achieved following pre-treatment. Direct spray application of all products tested had limited impact upon adult flies. Highest mortality (68%) was achieved following direct application of TA2674. Entomopathogenic agents (nematodes and fungi) tested appeared to reduce fly population development (ranges of 34-44% mortality obtained) but would seem unable to eradicate outbreaks. The potential of the tested products to control D. suzukii is discussed. © 2014 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Cuthbertson AGS, Collins DA, Blackburn LF, Audsley N, Bell HA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Insects

Year: 2014

Volume: 5

Issue: 2

Pages: 488-498

Online publication date: 20/06/2014

Acceptance date: 14/06/2014

Date deposited: 11/11/2019

ISSN (electronic): 2075-4450

Publisher: MDPI AG


DOI: 10.3390/insects5020488


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