Preliminary Evaluation of a Granulosis Virus for Control of the Codling Moth1,2

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A granulosis virus propagated in larvae of Carpocapsa pomonella (L.) reared on a semisynthetic diet caused heavy larval mortality in a field population of codling moth when sprayed on apple trees during a 2-year study period. A small percentage of the larvae succumbed to the virus before entering the fruits, while the majority perished soon after feeding on the epidermis of virus- sprayed fruits. Of the small percentage of larvae that succeeded in boring deeply into the fruits the majority died within the apples and a few succumbed as mature larvae or pupae in cocooning sites. Results indicated considerable potential for the use of this virus against codling moth in integrated-control and sterile-male-release programs.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 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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