Reaction of Locally Improved Pearl Millets to Three Insect Pests and Two Diseases in Senegal

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Eight locally improved pearl millet (Pennisetum americanum (L.) Leeke) cultivars were compared with the traditional cultivar 'Souna' during the 1982-1984 crop seasons for their reaction to the attack of three insect pests and two diseases in Senegal. In 1984, 'H9-127' harbored lower larval populations of Lema plantfrons Weise (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) than seven cultivars tested. When the level of stalk infestation and number of larval Acigona ignefusalis Hampson (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) were compared among the nine cultivars, none was resistant. Cultivar '!BV-800!' showed the least susceptibility to Raghuva albipunctella De Joannis (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), downy mildew (caused by Sclerospora graminicola (Sacc.) Schroet.), and head smut (caused by Tolyposporium penicillariae Bref.). Because 'IBV-8001' is more resistant to one insect pest and two diseases and its yields are higher than those of 'Souna', its general cultivation is recommended in major millet-growing zones of Senegal.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 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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