Establishment of a Nursery for Evaluation of Resistance of Strains of Wheat to the Wheat Stem Sawfly1,2


Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 61, Number 3, June 1968 , pp. 836-838(3)

Publisher: Entomological Society of America

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A permanent nursery for the assessment of resistance of strains of wheat, Triticum aestivum L., to the wheat stem sawfly, Cephus cinctus Norton, was started in 1959 and successfully established by 1966. Sawflies for the infestation were obtained from naturally infested fields and were transferred to the nursery in 1 of 3 ways: (1) Stubs containing larvae were transplanted to the nursery in the fall (2) Infested Hubs were dug in the fall, held in a constant temperature room at l0 through the winter, and transferred to the nursery in the spring. (3) Adult sawflies were captured with sweep nets in June and immediately transferred to the nursery. The first method was most practical. The second was dependent on the availability of temperature-controlled rooms and more time and effort were required, but mortality was kept to a minimum, because the larvae were not exposed to adverse elements. The third method was a good supplementary method. The major problem encountered was drought.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1968

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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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