Accelerating the discovery of insect volatile attractant molecules with genomics


Funding period: 2015-2019
Lead: Daniel Doucet
Total GRDI funding: $217,598

Trapping insects is a reliable means of obtaining information on insect population levels. To maximize effectiveness, traps use pheromone lures specific to the target insect. Unfortunately, the identification of the insects' pheromone is a time intensive process dependant on many variables including insect biology, a hindrance when addressing rapidly evolving insect outbreaks. This project develops a method to identify the active compounds that beetle species respond to. Genomic tools are used to examine the beetles' sensory receptors, and match the appropriate attractant compound(s). We also create a reference library of the beetles' sensory receptors for future research and use.

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