Bee-friendly insecticide targets sucking pests, including psyllid

06/27/2013 09:47:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

“Couple that with the anti-feeding, and we think we have a major impact on Asian citrus psyllid,” McNally says.

Less feeding may equate to reduced disease levels, he says.

The same would hold true for other insect-disease complexes, such as glassywinged sharpshooter and Pierce’s disease, vine mealybug and grapevine leafroll, and whiteflies and cucurbit yellow stung disorder virus.

The insecticide belongs to the Insecticide Resistance Action Committee’s Group 4. But Robert Steffens, director of research at Bayer CropScience’s U.S. headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C., says scientists are still trying to pinpoint the exact mode of action.

When that occurs, Sivanto will most likely be put into a Group 4 subgroup.

Bayer’s Admire Pro, which has the active ingredient imidacloprid, belongs to Group 4A.

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