Solari, Paolo and Masala, Carla and Cerboneschi, Anna and Sollai, Giorgia and Crnjar, Roberto Massimo and Liscia, Anna Maria (2002) EAG responses to pheromone as a tool in the control of population dynamics of the gypsy moth Lymantria dispar. In: SardiniaChem 2002: giornata di studio dedicata alla chimica organica delle molecole biologicamente attive, 31 Maggio 2002, Cagliari, Italia. p. 52-53. Conference or Workshop Item.
The reproductive programme of the gypsy moth Lymantria dispar L. (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae), the most important defoliator of Sardinian Quercus suber L. forests, is based on production and release of its sex pheromone (+)disparlure by calling female moths and its perception by conspecific males. The acquisition of information about any factors influencing male sensitivity to this sex attractant may help improve field techniques against this defoliator or possibly provide a basis for predicting where favourable conditions for control of population dynamics will occur. In this respect, the pheromone might be used as a specific tool for olfaction research and to monitor changes in male sensitivity, thus leading to a better control of population.
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