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Evaluation of the sex-pheromone for monitoring populations of Diatraea saccharalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae)

Grant number: 23/00610-5
Support Opportunities:Research Grants - Visiting Researcher Grant - Brazil
Duration: April 01, 2023 - March 31, 2024
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Agronomy - Plant Health
Principal Investigator:José Maurício Simões Bento
Grantee:José Maurício Simões Bento
Visiting researcher: Evaldo Ferreira Vilela
Visiting researcher institution: Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV). Centro de Ciências Agrárias, Brazil
Host Institution: Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:18/02317-5 - Center for Excellence in Biological Control, AP.PCPE


The sugarcane borer, Diatraea saccharalis, is the main pest of sugarcane crops in Brazil. Due to most of its life cycle occurring inside the sugarcane stalk, efficient and low-cost sampling methods are unavailable, and insecticide control is inefficient. In this sense, semiochemicals, such as sex-pheromones, can be an essential strategy for monitoring and controlling this pest. Therefore, this project aims to identify the sex-pheromone of D. saccharalis and provide a commercial synthetic formulation. (AU)

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