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Nantucket Pine Tip Moth (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) Response to Water and Nutrient Status of Loblolly Pine

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Loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) seedlings were grown in a greenhouse under conditions of variable water and nutrient availability and then exposed to natural populations of the Nantucket pine tip moth (Rhyacionia frustrana [Comstock]). Seedling growth was directly related to water and nutrient availability. Tip moth oviposition was highest on the most vigorous seedlings, even after accounting for differences in seedling size among treatments. The ratios of mean number of pupae per seedling to mean number of eggs per seedling for each treatment indicated percent tip moth survival may have been lower on vigorous seedlings than on stressed seedlings, but differences may have been due to factors other than the suitability of seedlings as larval food. Larger numbers of heavier pupae developed on vigorous seedlings than on stressed seedlings. Pupal weights were directly related to total nitrogen concentration and inversely related to total phenolic and condensed tannin concentrations of pine shoot tissues. Total phenolic and condensed tannin concentrations were inversely related to seedling growth. These results suggest that tip moth populations will increase rapidly following silvicultural treatments that increase water and nutrients available to young loblolly pines. For. Sci. 36(3):719-733.

Keywords: Pinus taeda; Rhyacionia frustrana; host tree suitability; pine nutrition; pine water relations

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor, Department of Entomology, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 30602

Publication date: 1990-09-01

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