Pest management programmes in vineyards using male mating disruption

Ally R. Harari, Tirtza Zahavi, Dvora Gordon, Leonid Anshelevich, Miriam Harel, Shmulik Ovadia, Ezra Dunkelblum

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Israeli vine growers have been reluctant to adopt the mating disruption technique for control of the European vine moth, Lobesia botrana Den. & Schiff. Since the chemically controlled honeydew moth, Cryptoblabes gnidiella Mill., coexists with the European vine moth, growers have maintained that the use of mating disruption would fail to bring about a significant reduction in pesticide use. In this study, the efficacy of mating disruption techniques against C. gnidiella was tested, as well as the effect of these methods on pesticide use and damage to clusters when the method was employed against both of the pests in wine grapes. Comparisons were made between plots treated with (1) L. botrana mating disruption pheromone, (2) L. botrana and C. gnidiella mating disruption pheromones and (3) control plots. A significant difference in the number of clusters infested with the developmental stages of the moths was seen between pheromone-treated plots and controls, while no such difference was observed between plots treated with one versus two pheromones. A similar pattern was observed in the number of insecticide applications; the greatest number of applications was used in control plots, followed by plots treated with L. botrana mating disruption pheromone and by plots treated with pheromones against both pests, in which no pesticides were applied.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)769-775
Number of pages7
JournalPest Management Science
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2007


  • Cryptoblabes gnidiella
  • Lobesia botrana
  • Mating disruption
  • Pheromone
  • Vineyards

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Insect Science


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