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Effect of Insecticides on the Green Peach Aphid, Myzus persicae (Sulzer), Infesting Burley Tobacco

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From 1958 through 1964, 24 compounds were tested in the field for control of the green peach aphid attacking burley tobacco in Kentucky. Because major aphid infestations on tobacco in Kentucky occur late in the growing season, it is often difficult to cover the plants thoroughly with insecticides when aphid control is needed. Single applications of the nonsystemic materials now recommended do not always give effective control. The systemic phosphate insecticides, dimethoate, phosphamidon, methyl demeton, and BidrinĀ® (3-hydroxy-N,N-dimethyl-cis-croton-amide dimethyl phosphate), give excellent control of the green peach aphid and appear particularly promising where good coverage is unobtainable.

The use of carbaryl, especially in repeated applications, can result in a noticeable increase in the numbers of aphids compared with the numbers found on untreated plants. Whether this increase is caused by the killing of aphid parasites and predators or by some physiological effect of carbaryl on the plant is not known.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 1965

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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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