Wind Tunnel: A Tool to Test the Flight Response of Insects to Semiochemicals

  • S. Subhash
  • P. R. Shashank


Currently, chemical communication among insects is being increasingly exploited for pest management. In chemical communication, plant volatiles play a key role. A detailed description of olfactometer and wind tunnel is furnished in this chapter, suitable for pyralid moths. The data can be subjected to ANOVA. For confirmatory results, further tests need to be conducted. Wind tunnel results are indicative and detect the presence of chemicals involved in the communication between two individual insects, usually of opposite sex.


Chemical communication Pheromones Wind tunnel Laboratory test 



The authors would like to thank the authorities of ICAR - Central Potato Research Institute, Shimla and ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, for their encouragement and support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Subhash
    • 1
  • P. R. Shashank
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Plant ProtectionICAR – Central Potato Research InstituteShimlaIndia
  2. 2.Division of EntomologyICAR-Indian Agricultural Research InstituteNew DelhiIndia

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