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Effects of Microwave Treatment of Live Oak Acorns on Germination and on Curculio sp. (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) Larvae

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Microwave irradiation of live oak acorns was evaluated in the laboratory as an alternative to hydrothermal treatments for controlling larvae of weevils, Curculio sp., in commercial production of live oaks. Seed and larvae contained therein exposed to microwaves for 0–180s suffered similarly increasing levels of mortality; quenching the seed briefly in cool water reduced injury both to the pest and its host. The approach, as tested, does not appear promising as a means of weevil control.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1987

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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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