A study was conducted to compare direct feeding by European corn borer (ECB), Ostrinia nubilalis (Hübner), to popcorn kernels with direct feeding on sweet and dent corn kernels to determine the damage potential of the ECB to popcorn kernels. To maximize kernel damage, ears were artificially infested by pinning ECB egg masses to the husks as soon as fresh silks appeared. Most damaged or consumed kernels were at the tip of the ear. The greatest amount of damage occurred in sweet corn. Damage to popcorn kernels was much lower than to those of sweet corn and similar to those of dent corn.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: August 1, 1988
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