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Insects, Volume 11, Issue 5 (May 2020) – 63 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Artificial vibrations can affect the behaviour of insect pests and contribute to controlling their [...] Read more. Artificial vibrations can affect the behaviour of insect pests and contribute to controlling their populations. The psyllid Bactericera cockerelli is a pest of numerous crops and uses vibrational signals for mate-finding. Thus, we hypothesised that the transmission of selected vibrations could affect its behaviour. In the first test, we observed a reduction of mating success by playing the female signal back into a host plant. In another test, we treated the psyllids with either one of two unspecific noises. While the transmission of broadband noises reduced the males’ signalling activity, the males treated with electronic music were not affected. However, none of the noises decreased the number of matings when compared to a silent control. We concluded that artificial vibrations have the potential to be used to manipulate B. cockerelli behaviour if selected for certain features. View this paper.