Diamondback moth ecology and management: problems, progress, and prospects

Furlong, Michael J., Wright, Denis J. and Dosdall, Lloyd M. (2013) Diamondback moth ecology and management: problems, progress, and prospects. Annual Review of Entomology, 58 517-541. doi:10.1146/annurev-ento-120811-153605

Author Furlong, Michael J.
Wright, Denis J.
Dosdall, Lloyd M.
Title Diamondback moth ecology and management: problems, progress, and prospects
Journal name Annual Review of Entomology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0066-4170
ISBN 978-0-8243-0158-3
Publication date 2013-01-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1146/annurev-ento-120811-153605
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 58
Start page 517
End page 541
Total pages 25
Editor Berenbaum, MR
Place of publication Palo Alto, CA, United States
Publisher Annual Reviews
Language eng
Abstract Agricultural intensification and greater production of Brassica vegetable and oilseed crops over the past two decades have increased the pest status of the diamondback moth (DBM), Plutella xylostella L., and it is now estimated to cost the world economy US$4–5 billion annually. Our understanding of some fundamental aspects of DBM biology and ecology, particularly host plant relationships, tritrophic interactions, and migration, has improved considerably but knowledge of other aspects, e.g., its global distribution and relative abundance, remains surprisingly limited. Biological control still focuses almost exclusively on a few species of hymenopteran parasitoids. Although these can be remarkably effective, insecticides continue to form the basis of management; their inappropriate use disrupts parasitoids and has resulted in field resistance to all available products. Improved ecological understanding and the availability of a series of highly effective selective insecticides throughout the 1990s provided the basis for sustainable and economically viable integrated pest management (IPM) approaches. However, repeated reversion to scheduled insecticide applications has resulted in resistance to these and more recently introduced compounds and the breakdown of IPM programs. Proven technologies for the sustainable management of DBM currently exist, but overcoming the barriers to their sustained adoption remains an enormous challenge.
Keyword Plutella xylostella
Integrated pest management
Biological control
Host plant relationships
Host plant relationships
Bt-Brassica crops
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 27 September 2012.

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