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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2011

Chemical Ecology and Management of Lobesia botrana (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae)

Ioriatti, Claudio; Anfora, Gianfranco; Tasin, Marco; De Cristofaro, Antonio; Witzgall, Peter; Lucchi, Andrea; Tasin, Marco


The moth Lobesia botrana (Denis & Schiffermuller) (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) feeds on grapes (Vitis vinifera L.), reducing yield and increasing susceptibility to fungal infections. L. botrana is among the most economically important insects in Europe and has recently been found in vineyards in Chile, Argentina, and California. Here, we review L. botrana biology and behavior in relation to its larval host (the grapevine) and its natural enemies. We also discuss current and future control strategies in light of our knowledge of chemical ecology, with an emphasis on the use of the sex pheromone-based strategies as an environmentally safe management approach. Pheromone-mediated mating disruption is the most promising technique available on grapes and is currently implemented on approximate to 140,000 ha in Europe. Experience from several growing areas confirms the importance of collaboration between research, extension, growers, and pheromone-supply companies for the successful implementation of the mating disruption technique. In the vineyards where mating disruption has been successfully applied as an areawide strategy, the reduction in insecticide use has improved the quality of life for growers, consumers, as well as the public living near wine-growing areas and has thereby reduced the conflict between agricultural and urban communities.


integrated pest management; natural enemies; pheromone mating disruption; plant volatiles

Published in

Journal of Economic Entomology
2011, volume: 104, number: 4, pages: 1125-1137

Authors' information

Ioriatti, Claudio
Anfora, Gianfranco
Tasin, Marco
Edmund Mach Foundation
De Cristofaro, Antonio
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Plant Protection Biology
Lucchi, Andrea
Tasin, Marco

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG2 Zero hunger
SDG12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

UKÄ Subject classification

Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use
Food Science
Agricultural Science

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