Sticky- Tape Method to Measure Cultivar Effect on Wheat Curl Mite (Acari: Eriophyidae) Populations in Wheat Spikes

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Differences in numbers of wheat curl mites (WCM), Eriophyes tulipae Keifer, infesting wheat cultivars in the field were determined using a new sticky-tape technique. Excised, milk-stage wheat spikes were placed on strips of transparent tape and numbers of mites that crawled out of the drying heads and became stuck on the tape were estimated. 'TAM 107' and 'KS85H22,' both carrying resistance to WCM derived from rye, had significantly lower mite populations in spikes and lower incidence of wheat streak mosaic than other cultivars. Smaller differences in mite numbers in spikes were identified among susceptible cultivars. The sticky-tape procedure provided a simple means of assessing mite numbers in wheat spikes.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1988

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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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