Evaluating the effect of seven plant essential oils on pollen beetle (Brassicogethes aeneus) survival and mobility

Jonathan Willow*, Silva Sulg, Eve Kaurilind, Ana Isabel Silva, Riina Kaasik, Guy Smagghe, Eve Veromann*

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Abstract

Plant essential oils (EOs) represent an area of interest for managing agricultural pests. We examined the insecticidal efficacy of seven plant EOs on the survival and mobility of the pollen beetle Brassicogethes aeneus, a primary pest of oilseed rape (Brassica napus) in Europe. Topical dosing tests showed the EO of the inner bark of Cinnamomum verum (cinnamon) to be the most effective EO examined in our study. Subsequent bioassays, exposing B. aeneus to oilseed rape plant surfaces sprayed with various concentrations of C. verum EO, additionally suggested a concentration threshold at which this EO may significantly control B. aeneus populations. We suggest that further studies on B. aeneus examine the effect of certain pure compounds associated with the most promising EOs (individually as well as in binary combinations) in order to reveal optimal chemical composition and ratios to exploit within a B. aeneus management framework.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105181
Number of pages8
JournalCrop Protection
Volume134
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020

Keywords

  • Insect
  • Coleoptera
  • Meligethes
  • Biopesticide
  • Brassica napus
  • Bioassay
  • MELIGETHES-AENEUS
  • NONHOST PLANT
  • LAMBDA-CYHALOTHRIN
  • AROMATIC-COMPOUNDS
  • INSECTICIDES
  • PARASITOIDS
  • RESISTANCE
  • VOLATILES
  • SUSCEPTIBILITY
  • ANGUSTIFOLIA

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