Laboratory Techniques for Rearing the Sugarcane Borer on an Artificial Diet

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The sugarcane borer, Diatraea saccharalis (F.), has been reared in the labaratory on a small scale with a variety of techniques. Pan and Long (1961) reared larvae of this species aseptically on autoclaved sugarcane tops and on artificial diets modeled after those used by Beck (1950) and Ishii (1956) for rearing the European corn borer, Ostrinia nubilalis (Hübner), and the Asiatic rice borer, Chilo suppressalis (Walker), respectively. Isa compared development of sugarcane borer larvae reared on corn, sugarcane, and artificial diets, and found that those reared on corn were larger and developed more quickly than specimens reared on sugarcane or artificial diets. Wongsiri and Randolph (1962) obtained more than 80% survival of sugarcane borer larvae reared on an artificial diet similar to that developed by Adkisson et al. (1960) for rearing the pink bollworm, Pectinophora Gossypiella (Saunders).

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 16, 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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