Canadian Forest Service Publications

The influence of Canadian research on semiochemical-based management of forest insect pests in Canada. 2016. Evenden, M.L.; Silk, P.J. The Canadian Entomologist 148: S170-S209.

Year: 2016

Issued by: Atlantic Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 39555

Language: English

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Abstract

Insects use semiochemicals to mediate important behaviours such as mating, oviposition, and foraging for resources. Chemical ecology research aims to identify these message-bearing chemicals and develop synthetic copies of semiochemicals for use in integrated pest management (IPM). There has been, and continues to be, an extensive research effort to understand the chemical ecology of various insects considered to be pests of forests in Canada. Canadian chemical ecology research has had an impact on IPM of forest insect pests in Canada and around the world. Canadian researchers have been involved in the identification of semiochemicals used by forest insects and the development and implementation of semiochemical-based management tactics for forest pest management. Semiochemicals have been incorporated into forest pest management for a variety of insect taxa primarily as tools to monitor and control forest insect pests in Canada. The goals of the current review are to: (1) highlight research conducted on semiochemical-based management of forest pests in Canada; (2) discuss the current and potential uses of semiochemicals in IPM of forest pests in Canada; and (3) evaluate potential areas for increased research and implementation of semiochemicals into the management of forest pests in Canada.

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There is a rich history of research on the chemical ecology of forest insects conducted by forest entomologists and chemical ecologists in Canada. Canadian researchers have been involved in the identification , development and implementation of semiochemical-based management in all aspects of forest management. Forest insect pests are good targets for management with semiochemicals because forest pest management is often focused on a key pest at a given time in a given location. Semiochemicals are an integral part of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) of insects considered to be forestry pests in Canada. This review highlights the efforts of Canadian researchers in the implementation of semiochemical-based tools into various aspects of IPM of forest insect pests. Although the research conducted in Canada has been adopted in other countries around the world, the focus of this review was semiochemical-based management of forest insects in Canada that has been implemented as a result of Canadian research.

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