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MARQUES, Francisco de Assis et al. Response of Diabrotica speciosa (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) to 1,4-dimethoxybenzene and analogs in common bean crop. Braz. arch. biol. technol. [online]. 2009, vol.52, n.6, pp.1333-1340. ISSN 1516-8913.

Several synthetic and commercial analogs of 1,4-dimethoxybenzene, a kairomone of Diabrotica speciosa, along with other compounds already shown to be attractive to other species of Diabrotica, were tested as attractant to D. speciosa. Yellow cup traps were lured with the compounds and installed in a common bean field. Assessments were conducted 24 h later. 1,4-dimethoxybenzene lured traps caught significantly more beetles than the control traps. Captures of traps lured with 1,4-dimethoxybenzene analogs did not differ from the control traps. Results showed that position and nature of the substituents on the aromatic ring played a crucial role in the activity of the natural compound. The aromatic ring was also very important to the activity of the kairomone.

Keywords : Diabrotica speciosa; 1,4-dimethoxybenzene; analogs; kairomone; parakairomone; field test.

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