Aggregation pheromones of thrips and their use in pest management

Wednesday, November 13, 2013: 9:05 AM
Meeting Room 15 (Austin Convention Center)
William D. J. Kirk , School of Life Sciences, Keele University, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Male-produced aggregation pheromones have been identified in several
    species of thrips. They attract adult males and females and so have
    potential for monitoring and control as part of an IPM strategy. The
    aggregation pheromone of the western flower thrips has been
    available as a commercial product for several years. There is
    evidence that these pheromones are widespread within the
    Thysanoptera and so could be identified for a wide range of pest
    species. Relatively little is known about the biological role of
    these pheromones. The potential for future use of thrips aggregation
    pheromones in IPM is discussed.