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The Mite, Linopodes Antennaepes Banks, As A Pest Of Cultivated Mushrooms, With Preliminary Tests Toward control

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The mite Linopodes antennaepes, heretofore unrecorded as a pest of mushrooms, was first found attacking cultivated mushrooms in Pennsylvania during March, 1929. The mite was found later in the year causing commercial damage in ranges of mushroom houses at Ashtabula, Ohio, and Naperville, Illinois and in one of the sandstone caves at St. Paul, Minnesota.

The injury produced by this mite is characterized by a partial destruction of the "root system" and a decided constriction of the sporophore at the base. Thermal-death- point experiments show that the mites can not withstand a temperature of 100.4°F., for a half hour exposure in a constant temperature chamber with an accompanying relative humidity of 89 per cent.

Control by steaming the surface of the compost heap was practiced with good results.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1930

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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