Annual Review of Entomology (2006) 51, 285-308

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A.M. Shelton and F.R. Badenes-Perez (2006)
Concepts and applications of trap cropping in pest management
Annual Review of Entomology 51, 285-308
Abstract: Interest in trap cropping, a traditional tool of pest management, has increased considerably in recent years. In this review we propose a broader definition of trap cropping that encompasses the inherent characteristics of the trap crop plants themselves as well as the strategies associated with their deployment. Inherent characteristics of a trap crop may include not only natural differential attractiveness for oviposition and feeding, but also other attributes that enable the trap crop plants to serve as a sink for insects or the pathogens they vector. Successful deployment of trap crops within a landscape depends on the inherent characteristics of the trap crop and the higher value crop, the spatial and temporal characteristics of each, the behavior and movement patterns of insect pests, and the agronomic and economic requirements of the production system. Thus, trap cropping is more knowledge-intensive than many other forms of pest management. We review recent references on trap cropping, classify them according to their modalities and level of implementation, and provide a synthesis of the factors that influence the success of trap cropping. Last, we provide a list of recommendations and guidelines that should prove helpful in moving trap cropping forward to its full potential.
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Database assignments for author(s): Anthony M. Shelton, Francisco R. Badenes-Perez

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
environment - cropping system/rotation


Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.


Leptinotarsa decemlineata Potato (Solanum tuberosum)
Ostrinia nubilalis
Ceutorhynchus obstrictus Rape/canola (Brassica napus)
Anthonomus grandis Cotton (Gossypium)
Delia radicum France
Helicoverpa armigera Green pepper/chilli (Capsicum)
Helicoverpa armigera Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) India
Helicoverpa armigera Beans (Phaseolus) Ethiopia
Helicoverpa armigera Cotton (Gossypium)
Aphis gossypii Green pepper/chilli (Capsicum) Malaysia
Plutella xylostella Cabbage (Brassica oleracea) Sweden
Plutella xylostella Cabbage (Brassica oleracea) India
Plutella xylostella Cabbage (Brassica oleracea) Guam
Plutella xylostella Cabbage (Brassica oleracea) South Africa
Plutella xylostella Rape/canola (Brassica napus)
Acyrthosiphon pisum Potato (Solanum tuberosum)
Chilo partellus Maize/corn (Zea mays) South Africa
Aproaerema modicella Groundnut/peanut (Arachis hypogaea) India
Phyllotreta cruciferae
Phyllotreta nemorum Cabbage (Brassica oleracea)
Bemisia tabaci biotype MEAM1 Beans (Phaseolus)
Lygus lineolaris Peach/nectarine (Prunus persica)
Acalymma vittata Cucumber (Cucumis sativus)
Helicoverpa zea Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum)
Empoasca fabae Alfalfa/lucerne (Medicago sativa)
Empoasca fabae Cabbage (Brassica oleracea)
Bemisia tabaci Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) Lebanon
Heliothis virescens Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum)
Frankliniella occidentalis Peach/nectarine (Prunus persica)
Lygus rugulipennis Lettuce (Lactuca)
Nezara viridula Soybean (Glycine max)
Hellula undalis Cabbage (Brassica oleracea) Guam
Spodoptera litura Groundnut/peanut (Arachis hypogaea) India
Diabrotica undecimpunctata Groundnut/peanut (Arachis hypogaea)
Anasa tristis Watermelon/colocynth (Citrullus)
Busseola fusca Maize/corn (Zea mays) Eritrea
Anastrepha obliqua Mango (Mangifera indica) Mexico
Toxotrypana curvicauda Papaya (Carica papaya)
Zonocerus variegatus Nigeria
Euschistus heros Cabbage (Brassica oleracea)
Piezodorus guildinii Soybean (Glycine max) Nigeria
Agriotes obscurus Strawberry (Fragaria)
Brassicogethes aeneus Cabbage (Brassica oleracea) Finland
Acrolepiopsis assectella Onion/garlic/leek (Allium) Sweden
Zeugodacus cucurbitae Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum)
Maruca vitrata Cowpea and relatives (Vigna) Nigeria
Dendroctonus rufipennis
Lygus hesperus Strawberry (Fragaria)
Dendroctonus ponderosae
Atherigona soccata Green pepper/chilli (Capsicum)
Chrysoteuchia topiaria Blueberry/cranberry (Vaccinium)
Murgantia histrionica Cabbage (Brassica oleracea)
Macrosteles quadrilineatus Lettuce (Lactuca)
Valanga nigricornis Rubber (Hevea brasiliensis) Malaysia
Phyllotreta striolata Cabbage (Brassica oleracea) Denmark
Dryocoetes confusus
Crocidolomia pavonana Cabbage (Brassica oleracea) Indonesia
Creontiades dilutus Cotton (Gossypium)
Zonosemata electa Green pepper/chilli (Capsicum)