Sugarcane Growth Responses to Chlordane and Microarthropods and Effects of Chlordane on Soil Fauna1

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Since 1954 many Louisiana sugarcane growers have applied chlordane to the soil at planting time to control wireworms in light soils and a miscellaneous group of small animals in heavy soils. From field and laboratory studies it is concluded that, while beneficial effects of chlordane on sugarcane yields ma y sometimes be found. such effects are usually small and difficult to measure. Furthermore, soil application of chlordane reduces earthworm populations in cane fields. where small increases in sugarcane growth are associated with the application of chlordane to the soil, it seems likely that the stimulating effects of chlordane on plant growth may be at least as important as the control 0 any arthropod pests. Collembola and Acarina are the most abundant and widely distributed arthropods present in the sugarcane soils of Louisiana.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 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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