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J Econ Entomol. 2018 May 28;111(3):1354-1360. doi: 10.1093/jee/toy022.

Electroantennogram Responses to Plant Volatiles Associated with Fenvalerate Resistance in the Diamondback Moth, Plutella xylostella (Lepidoptera: Plutellidae).

Houjun T1,2,3, Lin S1,2,3, Chen Y1,2,3, Chen Y1,2,3, Zhao J1,2,3, Gu X4, Wei H1,2,3.

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Institute of Plant Protection, Fujian Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Fuzhou, China.
Fujian Key Laboratory for Monitoring and Integrated Management of Crop Pests, Fuzhou, China.
Fuzhou Scientific Observing and Experimental Station of Crop Pests of Ministry of Agriculture, Fuzhou, China.
College of Plant Protection, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou, China.


The diamondback moth (DBM), Plutella xylostella (L.) (Lepidoptera: Plutellidae), is the main destructive insect pest of brassica vegetables around the world, and has developed resistance to numerous insecticides. Although host plant volatiles are important in pest control, the mechanism of low-level insecticide resistance in P. xylostella due to plant volatiles has not been examined. Here, electroantennograms (EAGs) were used to compare the responses of adult male and female DBMs of a susceptible strain (S-strain) and a derived resistant strain, Fen-R-strain (6.52-fold more resistant than the S-strain), to different concentrations of nine plant volatiles. We found significantly different relative EAG responses between S-strain and Fen-R-strain males to different concentrations of methyl jasmonate, methyl salicylate, and octanal. The relative EAG responses of S-strain and Fen-R-strain females to different concentrations of β-myrcene, methyl jasmonate, methyl salicylate, and allyl isothiocyanate were significantly different. Fen-R-strain females showed lower EAG responses to most of the tested plant volatiles (at concentrations of 1:10) than males, except for allyl isothiocyanate. A larger difference in relative EAG response to α-farnesene and β-myrcene was found between S-strain and Fen-R-strain females than between males of the two strains. A larger difference in relative EAG response to octanal, nonanal, and octan-1-ol was found between S-strain and Fen-R-strain males than between females of the two strains. These results illustrate the relationship between the function of plant volatiles and resistance in an insect pest species, and provide a scientific basis for resistance evolutionary theory in pest management research.

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