Effect of bark application with Beauveria bassiana and permethrin insecticide on the walnut twig beetle (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in black walnut bolts

  • Authors: Mayfield, Albert; Juzwik, Jennifer; Scholer, Jamison; Vandenberg, John; Taylor, Adam
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
  • Source: Journal of Economic Entomology
  • DOI: 10.1093/jee/toz150


Formulations of entomopathogenic (insect-killing) fungi represent alternatives to synthetic insecticides in the management of forest and shade tree insects. We evaluated bark spray applications of the entomopathogen Beauveria bassiana (Balsamo) Vuillemin (Hypocreales: Cordycipitaceae) strain GHA (BotaniGardES), permethrin insecticide (Astro), and water (control) on colonization of black walnut (Juglans nigra L.) (Fagales: Juglandaceae) bolts by the walnut twig beetle (Pityophthorus juglandis Blackman) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), vector of the fungus that causes thousand cankers disease. Treated bolts were baited with a P. juglandis aggregation pheromone lure and deployed in infested walnut trees. Bark application of permethrin prevented P. juglandis colonization of the phloem. Although treatment of bolts with the B. bassiana suspension did not reduce P. juglandis colonization or short-term emergence relative to the control treatment, it increased the B. bassiana infection rate from 25 to 62% of emerged adults. Results suggest that commercial applications of B. bassiana strain GHA may help augment natural levels of infection by this entomopathogen in the eastern United States, and support continued exploration of entomopathogens for biological control of the walnut twig beetle.

  • Citation: Mayfield, Albert E; Juzwik, Jennifer; Scholer, Jamison; Vandenberg, John D; Taylor, Adam. 2019. Effect of bark application with Beauveria bassiana and permethrin insecticide on the walnut twig beetle (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in black walnut bolts. Journal of Economic Entomology 112:5, 2493-2496. https://doi.org/10.1093/jee/toz150.
  • Keywords: entomopathogen, thousand cankers disease, biological control, Juglans nigra, Pityophthorus juglandis
  • Posted Date: July 26, 2019
  • Modified Date: March 10, 2020
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