A Comparison of the Biology of the Sugarcane Borer on Artificial and Natural Diets1

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A wheat germ medium, slightly modified, for rearing the pink boll worm, Pectinophora gossypiella (Saunders), was used to rear the sugarcane borer, Diatraea saccharalis (Fabricius) under laboratory conditions. Wheat germ was the principal constituent of the diet and the medium also contained vitamin-free casein, sucrose, Wesson's salts, choline chloride, agar, sodium alginate, ascorbic acid and water. Ascorbic acid in the diet was found to be essential to normal growth and development of the larva. A vitamin mixture and an inhibitor also were included in the diet. The life cycle of the sugarcane borer on wheat germ medium and on sections of grain sorghum plants was compared.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1962

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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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