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