An Insecticide and a Defoliant Evaluated for Use in a Program of Integrated Control Designed to Suppress the Green Peach Aphid1 on Peach Trees2,3

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Endosulfan or Shed-A-Leaf® (sodium chlorate) sprayed on peach trees in autumn significantly reduced the number of overwintering eggs of Myzus persicae (Sulzer), compared with unsprayed trees. However, the effects of the 2 treatments were not significantly different. From inspection of tree bands and leaves, endosulfan was not toxic to phytoseiid mites but was toxic to syrphid larvae. Shed-A-Leaf was not toxic to syrphid larvae, but fewer phytoseiid mites were found under the bands of trees sprayed with the defoliants. These chemical agents could therefore be fitted harmoniously into an integrated pro gram that involves use of these natural enemies in a specific type of orchard of peach trees to suppress the population of green peach aphids.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1972

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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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