Reflective Surfaces Used to Repel Dispersing Aphids and Reduce Spread of Aphid-Borne Cucumber Mosaic Virus in Gladiolus Plantings1


Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 60, Number 1, February 1967 , pp. 16-18(3)

Publisher: Entomological Society of America

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Field experiments were conducted in 1965 at Farmingdale, New York, to evaluate reflective materials used as soil mulches to repel dispersing alate aphids and thus reduce the spread of cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) in gladiolus plantings. Mulching with aluminum foil laminated to paper and asphalt showered with small pieces of aluminum foil reduced catches of winged aphids in yellow- pan water traps by 87-97%. White polyethylene reduced catches 88%. Strips of reflective material 2 feet wide were more effective than strips 1 foot wide. Mulching on both sides of the rows opposed to mulching on 1 side was necessary for maximum protection. Reduction in spread of CMV in the gladiolus plantings was proportional to the effectiveness of the materials as repellents of aphids.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1967

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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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