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Oviposition Preference of Meromyza americana Fitch for Different Small Grain Varieties under Greenhouse Conditions

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The wheat stem maggot, Meromyza americana Fitch (Diptera; Chloropidae) is a well known and widely distributed insect pest of North America which injures wheat, barley, rye and grasses. Gilberston (1925) gave a good description of the life history and the injury produced. He as well as Dunham (1934) reported evidence of resistance in wheat varieties to injury from the wheat stem maggot. Allen & Painter (1937) reviewed the literature up to that date, consisting mainly from short notes in annual reports and technical papers which dealt with the life history, parasites and food plants. Furthermore, they reported the results of an extensive study on differential infestation of wheat varieties. The relation of stage of plant maturity to the number of blasted heads was found to be an important characteristic for several wheat varieties. The studies reported in this paper were mainly directed toward bringing together more evidence on the behavior of the fly on wheat varieties before and during oviposition.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1955

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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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