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US/Australia project on fruit pest pheromones

US and Australian researchers are seeking to identify pheromones produced by tropical fruit pests. The joint project by the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and the Queensland Department of Primary Industries is aimed at producing synthetic pheromones to trap banana spotting bugs ( Amblypelta lutescens) and fruit spotting bugs ( A nitida). The pests belong to the coreid group, no member of which has had a pheromone identified, the USDA points out. Coreids are emerging as potential pests of genetically modified maize, soybeans and cotton, because of reduced insecticide use on these crops, the USDA adds.

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