An Evaluation of Candidate Repellents Against Asian Citrus Psyllid

Tuesday, March 15, 2016: 2:09 PM
Magnolia Room I (Sheraton Raleigh Hotel)
David Hall , USDA - ARS, Ft. Pierce, FL
Dov Borovsky , Horticultural Research Laboratory, USDA ARS, ORISE, Ft. Pierce, FL
Robert Shatters , U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory, USDA - ARS, Ft. Pierce, FL
The Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) is an important pest because it transmits a bacterium putatively responsible for huanglongbing, a devastating citrus disease.  Research on ACP chemical ecology is of interest with respect to identifying attractants and repellents for managing the psyllid.  With respect to repellents, it might be possible to use repellents to reduce infestations of ACP or to discourage ACP from entering an area.  This presentation will review the results of assays to determine if any of a number of repellents known to be effective against other insects are effective against ACP.