Extraction and Identification of Pheromones of the Borer, Conogethes punctiferalis (Crambidae: Lepidoptera)

  • J. Stanley
  • A. R. N. S. Subbanna
  • G. Preetha


The borer, Conogethes punctiferalis, is an internal tissue borer, and management of such borers using pheromones offers a scope for its population suppression. Though solvent extraction by abdominal tip excision was used earlier to extract pheromones, air entrainment/trapping volatiles using adsorbents paves a way for extraction of pheromone without contaminants. The chemical components of pheromone of C. punctiferalis have been identified. Few selected blends have even proved promising under experimental conditions in China, Japan, Korea and India. However, varied results in attraction obtained in these studies speculate differences in insect populations. Elucidation and identification of pheromone components like non-polar fraction of pheromone glands are necessary for effective mass trapping of Conogethes males under field conditions. Further research on basic and applied aspects of Conogethes pheromone technology applicable in diversified cultivated ecosystems is urgently required.


Conogethes  Air entrainment Pheromone  Extraction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Stanley
    • 1
  • A. R. N. S. Subbanna
    • 1
  • G. Preetha
    • 2
  1. 1.Vivekananda Institute of Hill AgricultureIndian Council of Agricultural ResearchAlmoraIndia
  2. 2.Department of EntomologyTamil Nadu Agricultural UniversityCoimbatoreIndia

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