Potential of Shelterbelt Management for Boll Weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) Control in the Texas Rolling Plains

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We selectively removed seven rows from a 10-row shelterbelt. Overall shelterbelt width was reduced by 47%, and leaf and stem litter was reduced by 84%. Anthonomus grandis Boheman survival was not completely eliminated. However, overwinter survival rates were significantly lower and spring emergence terminated earlier in managed plots as compared with that in check plots. Reduced survival rates and earlier termination of spring emergence appeared to be related to modified temperature patterns in the managed plots. Also, significantly fewer fall-migrating A. grandis selected managed plots as overwintering quarters as compared with the check plots. These results indicate that shelterbelt management could be used to effectively reduce, and perhaps eliminate, overwintering A. grandis in this habitat type. The reduction in number of tree rows did not adversely affect the windbreak function of the shelterbelt.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1984

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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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