Aerosol technology for mating disruption: the perspective of the pioneer and leading company
Abstract: Aerosol mating disruption is oftentimes still perceived as a technology under development. However, it has been largely commercially proven and its adoption has spread around the world. The first steps were taken in the mid-1990s when the research groups of T. Baker and H. Shorey initiated in parallel field studies with aerosol formulates. Soon Suterra LLC adopted the approach and initiated the development of several commercial products. The first registered product saw the light in the USA as Puffer® PTB in 1998 for control of peach twig borer (Anarsia lineatella Zeller). Today, aerosol mating disruption is implemented in ca. 150,000 ha around the world and it is in continuous expansion. The industry is largely dominated Suterra’s CheckMate Puffer® products, and adoption rates are higher in North and South America, South Africa, Europe and the Middle East.