Ecotoxicology

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 411–419 | Cite as

Selective toxicity of the mesoionic insecticide, triflumezopyrim, to rice planthoppers and beneficial arthropods

  • Jun Zhu
  • Yao Li
  • Hua Jiang
  • Chen Liu
  • Weiwei Lu
  • Wei Dai
  • Jianxiang Xu
  • Fang Liu
Article

Abstract

The novel mesoionic insecticide triflumezopyrim was highly effective in controlling both imidacloprid-susceptible and resistant planthopper populations in Malaysia. However, the toxicity of triflumezopyrim to planthopper populations and their natural enemies has been under-investigated in China. In this study, the median lethal concentrations (LC50) of triflumezopyrim were determined in eight field populations of Nilaparvata lugens and one population of Sogatella furcifera from China under laboratory conditions. Triflumezopyrim showed higher toxicity to planthopper populations than the commonly-used insecticide, imidacloprid. Furthermore, the lethal effect of triflumezopyrim on eight beneficial arthropods of planthoppers was investigated in the laboratory and compared with three commonly-used insecticides, thiamethoxam, chlorpyrifos and abamectin. Triflumezopyrim was harmless to Anagrus nilaparvatae, Cyrtorhinus lividipennis and Paederus fuscipes, while thiamethoxam, chlorpyrifos and abamectin were moderately harmful or harmful to the insect parasitoid and predators. Triflumezopyrim and thiamethoxam were harmless to the predatory spiders Pirata subpiraticus, Ummeliata insecticeps, Hylyphantes graminicola and Pardosa pseudoannulata, and slightly harmful to Theridion octomaculatum. Chlorpyrifos caused slight to high toxicity to four spider species except U. insecticeps. Abamectin was moderately to highly toxic to all five spider species. Our results indicate that triflumezopyrim has high efficacy for rice planthoppers populations and is compatibile with their natural enemies in China.

Keywords

Mesoionic insecticide Triflumezopyrim Selective toxicity Rice planthoppers Beneficial arthropods 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This research was financially supported by the Jiangsu Agricultural Scientific Self-Innovation Fund (No. CX(15)1057) and the Fund of Science and Technology of Jiangsu Province, People’s Republic of China (No. BE2015342). We are grateful to Dupont Co, Ltd. for providing funds to conduct this research.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All applicable international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed. This article does not contain any studies with human participants performed by any of the authors.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jun Zhu
    • 1
  • Yao Li
    • 1
  • Hua Jiang
    • 1
  • Chen Liu
    • 1
  • Weiwei Lu
    • 1
  • Wei Dai
    • 1
  • Jianxiang Xu
    • 1
  • Fang Liu
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.College of Horticulture and Plant ProtectionYangzhou UniversityYangzhouChina
  2. 2.Joint International Research Laboratory of Agriculture & Agri-Product SafetyYangzhou UniversityYangzhouChina
  3. 3.Jiangsu Co-Innovation Center for Modern Production Technology of Grain CropsYangzhou UniversityYangzhouChina

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