A prototype standalone device to attract male Asian citrus psyllids (Diaphorina citri) using conspecific mating calls

Monday, November 17, 2014: 8:36 AM
D137-138 (Oregon Convention Center)
Barukh Rohde , Electrical Engineering, University of Florida, New York, NY
Daniel Fialkovsky , Computer Science, Hunter College of the City University of New York, Bronx, NY
Mechael Brun-Kestler , Computer Science, Hofstra University, West Hempstead, NY
Avraham-Nachum Brun-Kestler , Insect Behavior and Biocontrol Research Unit, USDA - ARS, Gainesville, FL
Thomson Paris , Entomology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Richard W. Mankin , USDA - ARS, Gainesville, FL
The Asian citrus psyllid Diaphorina citri, insect vector of citrus greening disease, communicates through the plant host using vibrational signals of 200-1200 Hz. For psyllids to mate for the first time, they most often find each other using these vibrational "calls" in a duetting mechanism. We recorded the psyllid mating calls, and played them back to the insects. When we mimicked the psyllid duetting behavior, the psyllids responded as they would to live conspecific psyllids.

We have developed a prototype device for the attraction of male psyllids without human input. The device has successfully attracted male psyllids up the length of a test 10-inch citrus plant. We present this device as a step toward the development of a trap for the male Asian citrus psyllid, one step in an integrated approach to bring about an end to citrus greening disease.