The unique and novel sex pheromone (a type of semiochemcial , or signalling chemical) of the citrophilus mealybug. All insects use pheromones for finding mates, food and habitat resources, warning of enemies and avoiding competition. This pheromone is the semiochemical that the citrophilus mealybug uses for finding mates.
The pheromone, incorporated with delivery and/or trapping technologies, can be used for monitoring and control of citrophilus mealybug, negating the need for insecticides and lowering the environmental impact of insect management. The main advantage over other technologies is that this pheromone is highly specific to citrophilus mealybug, so the effect is targeted and specific. Other advantages are low toxicity, non persistent and environmentaly safe, and it appears difficult for insects to develop resistance to.
Monitoring and control of the citrophilus mealybug
The pheromone is a novel molecule that has not been previously described. We have a PCT patent application in place that is reaching national phase entry this month (April 2012) We are filing in NZ, Aus, Chile, EU, SA, USA.
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