Effect of Supplemental Dietary L-Lysine and Soybean Flour on Growth and Fertility of Ectomyelois ceratoniae Zeller (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae)

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Larvae of Ectomyelois ceratoniae Zeller were reared on three diets: basal diet (BD); lysine diet (LD), which is the basal diet fortified with lysine in concentrations ranging from 125, 250, 500, 750, and 1,000 ppm; and soybean lysine diet (SLD) (BD plus 4% boiled soybean flour and 500 ppm lysine). Larval survival and rate of development were higher in diets containing lysine plus soybean flour. Larval development to the pupal stage was more rapid as the concentration of L-lysine was increased. Number of eggs and egg hatch were optimized with the addition of at least 750 parts per million (ppm) of L-lysine or 500 ppm plus soybean flour.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 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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