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Reduction in Yield and Quality of Cotton Damaged by Green Stink Bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae)

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Damage to cotton by adult green stink bugs, ACTosternum hi/aTe (Say), was evaluated in field cage studies. Adult green stink bugs significantly reduced harvestable cotton at levels of three bugs per plant in a 6-d exposure. Puncture number continued to increase with longer exposures, but losses in harvestable cotton plateaued at the longer exposures. In addition, lower seed germination rate and fiber maturity of lint harvested from cotton bolls previously exposed to stink bugs occurred. In 1987, the number of punctures was related to boll age, but boll age and amount of harvestable cotton from these bolls were not related. In 1986 boll shed tended to increase with increasing exposure time to green stink bugs, but this effect was not observed in 1987.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1990

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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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