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Title: Evaluating doses of SPLAT® verb to protect lodgepole pine trees and stands from mountain pine beetle

Authors: Fettig, Christopher J.; Steed, Brytten E.; Munson, A. Steven; Progar, Robert A.; Mafra-Neto, Agenor

Date: 2020

Source Crop Protection

Abstract:

Several formulations of the antiaggregation pheromone verbenone (4,6,6-trimethylbicyclo [3.1.1]hept-3-en-2-one) are registered to protect pine trees and forest stands from mountain pine beetle, Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), but failures in efficacy are not uncommon. In 2011–2013, a novel formulation of (−)-verbenone was developed (SPLAT® Verb, 10.0% (−)-verbenone by weight, EPA Reg. No. 80286−20, ISCA Technologies Inc., Riverside, CA, USA) for protecting individual lodgepole pine, Pinus contorta Dougl. ex Loud., and small stands of Pcontorta from mortality attributed to Dponderosae. We evaluated the efficacy of lower doses of SPLAT® Verb than previously considered for tree protection on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Montana, USA, 2014–2015. In an individual tree study, Dponderosae pressure was not sufficient to adequately challenge the treatments as only 56.7% of the untreated controls died. However, if one additional tree in the untreated control had died, all verbenone treatments (30 g, 50 g, and 70 g of SPLAT® Verb/tree, and one 7-g verbenone pouch/tree) would have been considered efficacious. In a small-scale stand study, fewer Pcontorta were colonized by Dponderosae on 0.41-ha experimental plots treated with 2.5 kg and 3.5 kg of SPLAT® Verb [250 g and 350 g of (−)-verbenone, respectively] and the 7-g verbenone pouch [50 pouches/plot, 350.0 g of (−)-verbenone/plot] compared to the untreated control. No significant difference was observed between 1.5 kg of SPLAT® Verb [150 g of (−)-verbenone] and the untreated control. Fewer Pcontorta were killed by Dponderosae on experimental plots treated with 1.5 kg, 2.5 kg and 3.5 kg of SPLAT® Verb and the verbenone pouch compared to the untreated control. No other significant differences were observed among treatments. Collectively, these data suggest that lower doses of SPLAT® Verb can be used for tree protection than previously considered, and at a substantial cost savings that could make this strategy economically viable for area-wide management of Dponderosae.

Keywords: Dendroctonus ponderosae, Pinus contorta, Tree protection, Verbenone

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Citation

    Fettig, Christopher J.; Steed, Brytten E.; Munson, A. Steven; Progar, Robert A.; Mafra-Neto, Agenor. 2020. Evaluating doses of SPLAT® verb to protect lodgepole pine trees and stands from mountain pine beetle. Crop Protection. 136: 105228. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cropro.2020.105228.
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