Dead psyllid in feeding position on Specialized Pheromone and Lure Application Technology (SPLAT®) card. Photo credit: Justin George and Stephen Lapointe.
Attractants for insect pests of agricultural crops play an increasingly important role in management programs. Chemical, visual, and auditory cues that attract insects are identified during laboratory investigations and then verified for their attractiveness in the field.
Dr. Lukasz Stelinski, an Associate Professor at the University of Florida, is researching attractants and traps as a way to deal with Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), in order to reduce the incidence of Huanglongbing disease.
How do the traps work? Download the Research Snapshot to learn more.
About Research Snapshots
We have developed short, descriptions of research projects that aim to help in the fight against HLB. These projects include traditional breeding and genetic engineering to create resistant citrus varieties, psyllid modification, using other organisms to deliver HLB-resistance genes, and early detection of the bacterium in trees.