Dynamic of Brassicogethes aeneus (F.) (Coleoptera, Nitidulidae) populations in Serbia’s downriver Danube section and their susceptibility to insecticides

  • Predrag Milovanović Galenika-Fitofarmacija, Batajnički drum b.b., 11080 Belgrade
  • Petar Kljajić Pesticide and Environment Research Institute, Banatska 31b, 11080 Belgrade
  • Tatjana Popović Institute for Plant Protection and Environment, Teodora Drajzera 9, 11040 Belgrade
  • Goran Andrić Pesticide and Environment Research Institute, Banatska 31b, 11080 Belgrade
  • Marijana Pražić-Golić Pesticide and Environment Research Institute, Banatska 31b, 11080 Belgrade
Keywords: pollen beetle, abundance, organophosphates, pyrethroids, neonicotinoids, toxicity


This paper presents data on the dynamic of B. aeneus populations in winter oilseed rape in the downriver section of the Danube in Serbia, which were acquired by yellow water traps and a beating method. Their susceptibility to several insecticides of different classes (organophosphates, pyrethroids and neonicotinoids) (adult vial test and dipping test) was tested over two seasons (2009 and 2010). B. aeneus populations developing under the agroecological conditions that exist in Serbia were monitored to detect the moment of OSR infestation during its sensitive growth stages. Adults were counted, and the data revealed that they infest winter OSR crops during the stem elongation growth stage (BBCH 30-31), reaching a population peak at the green-yellow bud stage (BBCH 57-59), and exceeding the economic threshold, while the populations decreased substantially during the subsequent stage (BBCH 61-69). Laboratory test results did not confirm any changes in B. aeneus susceptibility/resistance to pyrethroid, organophosphate and neonicotinoid insecticides. Migration of B. aeneus populations was monitored as a way of developing predictive models for estimation of infestation severity and the timing of pest outbreaks under agroecological conditions existing in Serbia. As resistance to pyrethroids has been confirmed in B. aeneus populations in many European countries, their susceptibility will be further monitored.


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How to Cite
Milovanović, P., Kljajić, P., Popović, T., Andrić, G., & Pražić-Golić, M. (2019). Dynamic of Brassicogethes aeneus (F.) (Coleoptera, Nitidulidae) populations in Serbia’s downriver Danube section and their susceptibility to insecticides. Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research, 17(2), e1008. https://doi.org/10.5424/sjar/2019172-14219
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