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Wireworm Injury to Potatoes in Relation to Tuber Weight

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Abstract:

The U.S. Standards for Grades of Potatoes allows proportionately more wireworm feeding on larger tubers than on smaller ones. With increased tuber weight, the percentage of injured tubers (any wireworm hole) within each weight class increased and the percentage of damaged tubers (severely injured tuber) decreased, but the length of individual holes remained about the same. Consequently, the percentage of injured tubers that were damaged was higher in small tubers than in large ones. These same relationships were observed with tubers from plots treated with fonofos; however, the percentages were generally lower than those from untreated plots.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 1981

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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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