Researchers at the Wageningen UR discovered the new sex pheromone which can detect infestations and contaminations of the banana borer in a wide variety of crops.
Application of the pheromone in a trap will enable early detection and deployment of control measures.
Susceptible crops include Aechmea, Alpinia, Araucaria, bamboo, banana, Beaucarnea, Begonia, Bougainvillea, Bromeliaceae, Cactaceae, Capsicum, Chamaedorea, Cordyline, Dieffenbachia, Dracaena, Euphorbia pulcherrima, Ficus, Gloxinia, Heliconia, Hippeastrum, maize, Maranta, Pachira, Philodendron, pineapple, Saintpaulia, Sanseveria, Strelitzia, sugar cane and Yucca.
The banana borer has a quarantine status inside the EU and must not be imported or spread and caterpillars and moths must be controlled where found.
The tropical and subtropical moth comes from Africa but will survive in greenhouses.
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