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Initial evaluation of the effectiveness of selected active substances in reducing damage to rape plants caused by Arion lusitanicus (Gastropoda, Pulmonata, Arionidae)
 
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Institute of Plant Protection – National Research Institute Węgorka 20, 60-318 Poznań, Poland Department of Zoology
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Institute of Plant Protection – National Research Institute Węgorka 20, 60-318 Poznań, Poland Research Centre of Quarantine, Invasive and Genetically Modified Organisms
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Poznań University of Life Sciences, Department of Mathematical and Statistical Methods Wojska Polskiego 28, 60–637 Poznan, Poland
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Jan Kozłowski
Institute of Plant Protection – National Research Institute Węgorka 20, 60-318 Poznań, Poland Department of Zoology
Tomasz Kałuski
Institute of Plant Protection – National Research Institute Węgorka 20, 60-318 Poznań, Poland Research Centre of Quarantine, Invasive and Genetically Modified Organisms
 
Journal of Plant Protection Research 2010;50(4):520–526
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Spray forms of various chemical compounds including compounds of plant origin, molluscicides, and insecticides were tested in order to investigate their possibilities for reducing damage to young rape plants caused by the slug Arion lusitanicus Mabille, 1868. Among them, abamectin (0.2%), methiocarb (0.5%) and metaldehyde (1.0%) reduced damage to the plants, although metaldehyde remained active for only nine days. These three chemical compounds were not phytotoxic to rape plants, and none of them proved lethal to the slugs at the concentration used. The reduction in rape plant damage was obtained as a result of their deterrent and/or antifeedant action. The results indicate that abamectin has high potential usefulness in protecting winter rape seedlings from slugs.
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The authors have declared that no conflict of interests exist.
 
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