ESA Annual Meetings Online Program

Movement inducing stimuli inducing of the Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri)

Monday, November 14, 2011: 10:39 AM
Room A6, First Floor (Reno-Sparks Convention Center)
Scott D. Croxton , Entomology, University of Florida, Immokalee, FL
Philip A. Stansly , Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, Immokalee, FL
The Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP), Diaphorina citri, was first found in Florida in 1998. It is considered to be the single most serious threat to citrus production due to its ability to vector Huanglongbing more commonly called citrus greening disease. Since the arrival and spread of ACP, greening has spread with them. No one management technique works and complete control has not been established. However current control methods are able to slow the spread of the disease. A more in depth understanding of the dispersal and movement behaviors of the ACP would enable growers to predict spread of the disease and target current control methods for maximum effect. We tested the response to multiple colors of light, olfactory stimuli, physical objects that resemble host plants, air movement and combinations of these stimuli to determine their impact on ACP movement patterns.