1209 Effectiveness of glues used for harmonic radar tag attachment and impact on survival and behavior of three insect pests

Wednesday, November 19, 2008: 1:05 PM
Room A3, First Floor (Reno-Sparks Convention Center)
Gilles Boiteau , Potato Research Center, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Fredericton, NB, Canada
Francois Meloche , Eastern Cereal and Oilseed Research Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Charles Vincent , Horticultural Research and Development Centre, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, Canada
Tracy C. Leskey , Appalachian Fruit Research Station, USDA - ARS, Kearneysville, WV
The ability of three cyanoacrylate glues to ensure a durable bond between the Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Say), the Plum Curculio, Conotrachelus nenuphar (Herbst) or the Corn Rootworms, (Western Corn Rootworm, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera LeConte and Northern Corn Rootworm, Diabrotica longicornis Smith and Lawrence) and the harmonic radar tag without impact on behaviour or survival was assessed as part of a study on the use of harmonic radar technology to track these insect pests. Droplets of 0.1 mg of Krazy Glue, Loctite and Bowman FSA applied to the pronotum had no effect on the survival of the Colorado potato beetle or plum curculio after five and seven days, respectively, but caused more than 40% mortality after only 4 h with both the Western and Northern corn rootworms. The three glues created an effective bond lasting 4-5 d between the harmonic radar tag and the Colorado potato beetle in more than 85% of cases and the plum curculio in almost 50% of cases. There was no detectable impact of the glue treatment on feeding or walking behavior of the Colorado potato beetle Overall, results quantified the effectiveness of the cyanoacrylate glues at providing a durable bond with no significant impact on mobility or behavior of the Colorado potato beetle or plum curculios. However, the toxicity of the glues against the corn rootworms suggests that similar toxicity or sublethal effects may exist with other insects especially those with soft cuticles.

doi: 10.1603/ICE.2016.35597

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