Chemical Ecology

Controlling insects without deadly chemicals

fire ants

The current emphasis of this research program is the control of imported fire ant, trunk-boring insects and Japanese beetle in nursery settings. This research program focuses on the study of natural chemicals that control interactions between insects. Chemicals produced by insects such as sex pheromones and aggregation pheromones and chemical messengers from host plants are examined. The goal is to develop practical applications for these behavior-modifying chemicals for integration into pest management programs beneficial to the nursery industry.

For more information about the chemical ecology research at the Nursery Research Center, contact Dr. Karla Addesso, (931) 815-5155.

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