Host Plants of the Pink Boll worm1

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Surveys were made to discover host plants and to evaluate their role in the propagation and spread of the pink boll worm (Pectinophora gossypiella (Saunders)) in the United States and northern Mexico. Excluding the genus Gossypium, the preferred host, 46 plant species recorded as hosts in the two countries. Okra (Hibiscus esculentus L.), probably preferred next to cotton, must be considered in the same category because of quarantines and cultural control. Wild hosts and ornamentals ordinarily exert a negligible influence on populations of the insect but may be important in an eradication program. Alternative food plants of world-wide distribution that represent 7 families, 24 genera, and 70 species are listed.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1962

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