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# Optimizing Efficiency of Aerosol Mating Disruption for Navel Orangeworm (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae)

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Improved cost efficiency for aerosol mating disruption for the navel orangeworm, Amyelois transitella Walker, was examined in experiments performed between 2015 and 2017. A programmable dispenser was used to explore the effects of frequency of treatment, time of night when pheromone was emitted, and the concentration of pheromone required. A negative curvilinear trend of males captured as a function of emission frequency was evident in the range of 2-12 emissions per hour. A subsequent experiment found greater trap suppression when the same amount of active ingredient was emitted seven times per hour compared with the same amount of material emitted at twice the concentration but half the frequency. Another experiment found no significant difference in cumulative trap suppression between treatment for the last 4 or 6 h of the night compared with 12 h. A subsequent experiment comparing a current commercial mating disruption system emitting for 12 h with a proposed alternative emitting more material per hour for fewer hours showed similar levels of suppression of males in pheromone traps. A season-long efficacy trial using dispensers deployed and programmed based on these findings demonstrated significant reduction of damage to Nonpareil almonds treated with mating disruption. These data reveal important information about the response of the navel orangeworm to aerosol mating disruption, which provides improved cost-effectiveness compared with the status quo ante. These findings for navel orangeworm are discussed in relation to studies of aerosol mating disruption for the codling moth, Cydia pomonella L. (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Entomological Society of America 2019.

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... It is used primarily against lepidopteran pests, although there are examples of mating disruption for control of Hemiptera [8,9], Coleoptera [10][11][12], and Hymenoptera [13]. Historically, synthetic pheromones and dispenser systems have been expensive [14,15]. Mating disruption use is most widespread in protection of high-value commodities such as horticultural crops, or in programs for management of invasive pests on public lands or across entire jurisdictions where management tactics are determined by policy objectives rather than cost-return criteria [5]. ...
... Mating disruption mechanisms are broadly categorized as competitive (the male interacts with the dispenser) or noncompetitive (the male is made unresponsive to females without interacting directly with dispensers). The mechanism seems to be a hypothesized hybrid which initially involves attraction to the dispenser but then makes males unresponsive to females without continued interaction with the dispenser [2,15,45]. Like a purely non-competitive mechanism, the hybrid mechanism is less density dependent than competitive mechanisms [2,15,45]. Mating disruption for navel orangeworm provides the greater economic return with greater pressure within a range from moderate to high baseline damage [35]. ...
... The mechanism seems to be a hypothesized hybrid which initially involves attraction to the dispenser but then makes males unresponsive to females without continued interaction with the dispenser [2,15,45]. Like a purely non-competitive mechanism, the hybrid mechanism is less density dependent than competitive mechanisms [2,15,45]. Mating disruption for navel orangeworm provides the greater economic return with greater pressure within a range from moderate to high baseline damage [35]. ...
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... A previous study of aerosol mating disruption for the navel orangeworm has demonstrated qualitatively that commercial aerosol mating disruption substantially suppresses pheromone lures over distances of at least 2 km from the orchard under treatment (Burks 2017). Another study found that effectiveness increased with emission rate (Burks and Thomson 2019), implying that a uniform cloud of disruptant was important and therefore suggesting that camouflage might be an important part of the mechanism in this system. If so, ending mating disruption before the end of the nightly period of sexual activity, as some have done in commercial practice, could be deleterious. ...
... These experiments used a series of eight square 65 ha management units as replicate blocks. These sites were to the west of and part of the same 1,375 ha pistachio orchard used in a previous study (Burks and Thomson 2019), and was chosen because the site offered a large navel orangeworm population in an orchard not treated with mating disruption, and because its size and configuration supported the present study. The four square 16 ha quarters of these replicate blocks served as treatment plots, and grids of five pheromone traps were placed in the middle of a 0.4 ha square of four Isomate NOW Mist units, as described in the previous section. ...
... The experiments on the effect of time of termination of aerosol disruption were to address the question of whether camouflage might be an important aspect of mating disruption for the navel orangeworm (Burks and Thomson 2019). If so, then disruption should be transient, and ending disruption before the end of the period of sexual activity for this pest would be a problem. ...
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... The navel orangeworm Amyelois transitella (Walker) is the primary insect pest of California's economically important tree nut industry (Wilson et al. 2020). Mating disruption is an established management technique for this pest (Higbee et al. 2017, Burks and Thomson 2019Haviland et al. 2021, Higbee and. Aerosol technology is used in three of the four commercial formulations for which efficacy has been demonstrated (Haviland et al. 2021). ...
... Aerosol technology is used in three of the four commercial formulations for which efficacy has been demonstrated (Haviland et al. 2021). The three available aerosol dispensers each have slightly different approaches to the frequency, timing, and amount of pheromone released (Burks and Thomson 2019). A recent study showed that releasing pheromone before the start of the mating period did not increase control, suggesting that cost-effectiveness is optimized by releasing closer to the actual mating period (Burks andThomson 2019, 2020). ...
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... Mating disruption in the 2017 was provided by the cooperator using a commercial application of Suterra Puffer NOW (Suterra LLC), In 2018 and 2019, this cooperator used ISOMATE NOW Mist (Pacific Biocontrol, Vancouver, WA). Differences between these two systems are described in Burks and Thomson (2019). Briefly, the Puffer system emits around 90 mg active ingredient per ha per night using dispensers placed at a density of 5/ha and emitting at a frequency of four times an hour for 12 h (17:00 to 05:00), whereas Journal of Economic Entomology, 2020, Vol. ...
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... Codling moth research showed a little loss of efficiency with a decreased emission frequency [53], while the effectiveness of navel orangeworm mating disruption increases with emission frequency [54]. Possible factors leading to this difference include the chemical nature of the A. transitella pheromone compound involved (aldehyde moiety of the Z11,Z13-16:Ald has a potential to polymerize) and differences in the mechanism of disruption of sexual communication [54]. ...
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