|Title: Pheromone Attractant for the Colorado Beetle|
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Pheromone Attractant for the Colorado Potato Beetle
ARS entomologists have discovered a pheromone for the Colorado potato beetle (CPB). The pheromone, a single compound released by the male beetle, is attractive to both sexes. This discovery broke a paradigm for a female-produced sex attractant for the beetle. CPB is a major pest of potatoes and other solanaceous crops in the United States, Europe, and Asia. If left uncontrolled, CPB can completely defoliate all plants in a field by mid growing season. New approaches to manage CPB are desperately needed, as they have become resistant to many chemical insecticides, and even to some genetically-modified plants. Pesticide application for insect control may contaminate ground water. The pheromone may be used in integrated pest management programs to monitor incipient pest populations, attract beetles to a trap crop, or as a component of an attracticide.
Market demand for the pheromone should be high, since CPB is a serious pest of potatoes worldwide. Companies that manufacture insecticides could use this invention.
Please refer to patent application S.N. 10/245,072, "Attractant Pheromone for the Colorado Potato Beetle," which was filed on September 17, 2002.