Sawfly (Hymenoptera: Diprionidae) and Artificial Defoliation Affects Above- and Below-Ground Growth of Ponderosa Pine Seedlings


Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 87, Number 4, August 1994 , pp. 1038-1045(8)

Publisher: Entomological Society of America

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A study was conducted to determine the effect of artificial and insect defoliation on above- and below-ground growth of ponderosa pine seedlings (Pinus ponderosa Douglas ex Laws.). Two different pine genotypes either had needles artificially removed over time to simulate defoliation by sawflies (Neodiprion gillettei Rohwer) or were allowed to be fed on by sawflies. Results showed that the growth of stems and roots were similar under artificial and insect defoliation. Above- and below-ground growth was reduced in proportion to the amount of foliage removed. The root:shoot ratio was not affected. The two pine genotypes responded differently to defoliation.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1994

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