Gossypol as Phagodeterrent for Boarmia (Ascotis) selenaria Larvae

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The effect of gossypol on the feeding rate and growth of larvae of Boarmia (Ascotis) selenaria Schiffermüller was investigated by the 'Styropor method' or by incorporating the compound in a semisynthetic diel. Styropor (foamed polystyrene) lamellae were painted with a mixture of 2% avocado leaf powder extract and 2, 1, 0.5, and 0.25% gossypol acetate. A negative correlation was found between the feeding rate on the lamellae and the gossypol concentration. Gossypol acetate incorporated in the diet strongly inhibited larval growth at 1%' was ineffective at 0.5%, and slightly phagostimulatory at 0.25%.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 1976

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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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