Suppression of a Field Population of the Hessian Fly by Releases of the Dominant Avirulent Great Plains Biotype

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In small-scale field tests in which the dominant avirulent Great Plains biotype of Mayetiola destructor (Say) was released into a population of eastern soft wheat biotypes, the population of native flies was suppressed. An inundative release of 20:1 Great Plains biotype to native flies had the greatest impact after 2 releases. The native population was reduced from ca. 101,250/ha to less than 810/ha after the 4th release; the control population, meanwhile, increased to ca. 173,700/ha. The Great Plains flies were fully competitive with the native flies, an enhancement to the potential this method of control offers.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 1977

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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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