Effects of humidity on the response of the bark beetle Ips grandicollis (Eichhoff) (Coleoptera:Curculionidae: Scolytinae) to synthetic aggregation pheromone

Michelle A. Bassett, John B. Baumgartner, Monique L. Hallett, Yasmin Hassan, Matthew R E Symonds*

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Abstract

Environmental factors may affect chemical communication between individuals by limiting their ability to detect and respond to these signals. One such factor, high humidity, has been shown to interfere with the normal response of some invertebrate species to their attractant pheromones. The effect of humidity on the response of the five-spined bark beetle, Ips grandicollis, to a synthetic form of the aggregation pheromone component ipsenol, was tested in an experimental chamber in the laboratory. The response was measured as both the number of beetles to reach the pheromone source and the time taken, and was tested under high (>80% relative humidity) and low (30-40% relative humidity) conditions of humidity. There was no significant difference in response of beetles between the two treatments although there was a reduction in response in the high-humidity treatment when relative humidity levels were in excess of 90%. These findings suggest that atmospheric humidity does not influence bark beetles response to synthetic pheromone, except perhaps in unlikely conditions of excessive humidity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-51
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian Journal of Entomology
Volume50
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes

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