Journal of economic entomology

Effect of Temperature on the Release Rate of Trimedlure Under Laboratory and Field Cage Conditions.

PMID 28981816


The Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann), is an exotic pest of economic importance in several parts of the world. Systems for monitoring this pest employ mainly trimedlure (TML), a parapheromone specifically for males. Understanding the performance of these attractants under different conditions should contribute to better design trapping networks, better field data interpretation, and a more efficient use of the products. In this study, the release rate of TML was determined at 15, 25, and 35 °C, through plug weight loss over 80 d in a bioclimatic chamber. The attraction of TML of different ages was determined in field cage tests located in a mango orchard. Our results showed a direct relationship between TML release rate and temperature. Attraction was dependent on release rate. We found that TML storage for >4 yr at 27 °C affected the quantity of the active ingredient available for release. The results are discussed in terms of the effects of these conditions on the efficiency of trapping networks used for the detection of this pest and quality assurance for detection programs.