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Pest Management Science





Soybean aphid, Aphis glycines (Hemiptera: Aphididae), remains the most significant soybean insect pest in the North Central Region of the United States. The sustainability of reliance on only a few insecticide groups for this pest is questionable. We evaluate afidopyropen, a novel pyropene insecticide (Group 9D), for efficacy against A. glycines in field and greenhouse experiments and toxicity to common natural enemies in laboratory experiments.


Across four site‐years of field experiments and a greenhouse experiment, afidopyropen reduced A. glycines populations similar to commonly used broad spectrum (i.e., lambda‐cyhalothrin (Group 3A) and chlorpyrifos (Group 1B)) insecticides and potential selective insecticides (i.e., sulfoxaflor (Group 4C) and flupyradifurone (Group 4D)). In the greenhouse, however, A. glycines mortality was delayed slightly for afidopyropen compared to the other insecticides. In laboratory experiments with natural enemies of A. glycines, afidopyropen was not toxic to adult or third instar Hippodamia convergens(Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) or adult Orius insidiosus (Hemiptera: Heteriptera), and was only moderately toxic to Aphelinus certus (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae).


Afidopyropen is effective against A. glycines and relatively nontoxic to natural enemies, and appears to be an effective option for integrated pest management and insecticide resistance management programs for A. glycines.


This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Koch, Robert L., Obiratanea da Silva Queiroz, Rafael Carlesso Aita, Erin W. Hodgson, Bruce D. Potter, Teresia Nyoike, and Christa D. Ellers‐Kirk. "Efficacy of afidopyropen against soybean aphid (Hemiptera: Aphididae) and toxicity to natural enemies." Pest Management Science (2019), which has been published in final form at doi: 10.1002/ps.5525. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

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