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Efficient Management of Fruit Pests by Pheromone Nanogels

Bhagat, Deepa and Samanta, Suman K and Bhattacharya, Santanu (2013) Efficient Management of Fruit Pests by Pheromone Nanogels. In: SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 3 .

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep01294

Abstract

Environment-friendly management of fruit flies involving pheromones is useful in reducing the undesirable pest populations responsible for decreasing the yield and the crop quality. A nanogel has been prepared from a pheromone, methyl eugenol (ME) using a low-molecular mass gelator. This was very stable at open ambient conditions and slowed down the evaporation of pheromone significantly. This enabled its easy handling and transportation without refrigeration, and reduction in the frequency of pheromone recharging in the orchard. Notably the involvement of the nano-gelled pheromone brought about an effective management of Bactrocera dorsalis, a prevalent harmful pest for a number of fruits including guava. Thus a simple, practical and low cost green chemical approach is developed that has a significant potential for crop protection, long lasting residual activity, excellent efficacy and favorable safety profiles. This makes the present invention well-suited for pest management in a variety of crops.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP, ENGLAND
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Organic Chemistry
Depositing User: Francis Jayakanth
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2013 05:34
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2013 05:34
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/46062

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