BCRL developes technology for mass trapping of pests

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Bangalore, Oct 18 (UNI) Bio-Control Research Laboratories of Pest Control (India) Ltd has developed a technology for trapping the pests on mass scale from the crops using sex pheromones.

Vice President of the BCRL K P Jayanth told reporters here today that it has developed four types of traps for luring the insects.

"Pheromone synthesised in the laboratory are supplied in the form of pheromone lures and when used along with suitable traps attract male insectides," he said.

Dr Jayanth said that adult female insects that are ready for mating emit species specific chemical odours called pheromones to attract males.

Sex pheromones in traps can also be used as devices for managing population of target pests in a given area, he said adding that by mass trapping males, majority of females present in field remain unmated and lay unfertile eggs.

The company has begun producing aggregation pheromone lure for Red Palm weevil, a destructive pest, which attacks coconut trees, oriental fruit flies, and melon fruit flies, he said.

Fero-T,, one of the four traps consists of a funnel base, a canopy and a transparent sleeve and the pheromone lure is fixed to the canopy which is then placed over the funnel for trapping big moths, he said.


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