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Reducing the threat: The potential use of pheromones to control invasive signal crayfish

Lookup NU author(s): Paul Stebbing, Dr Gordon Watson, Emeritus Professor Matt Bentley, Professor Stephen Rushton


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The need for an effective method of controlling invasive species of crayfish is of utmost importance given the plight of Europe's native crayfish species. Many techniques have been applied to the growing problem with little success. Pheromones have been used to control terrestrial insect pests for a number of years with many success stories. The concept of applying pheromone control methods to the aquatic environment is by no means new, but has not been previously developed. This paper discusses the preliminary results from field trials testing traps baited with Pacifastacus leniusculus pheromones, and the potential application of the pheromones in controlling P leniusculus populations.

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Author(s): Stebbing PD, Watson GJ, Bentley MG, Fraser D, Jennings R, Rushton SP, Sibley PJ

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Bulletin Francais de la Peche et de la Pisciculture: 1st Thematic Meeting of CRAYNET

Year of Conference: 2003

Pages: 219-224

ISSN: 0767-2861

Publisher: Conseil superieur de la peche