Advisor

Catchot, Angus L., Jr.

Committee Member

Gore, Jeffrey.

Committee Member

Dodds, Darrin M.

Committee Member

Cook, Donald.

Committee Member

Sarver, Jason M.

Date of Degree

5-1-2018

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

Agriculture Life Sciences

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department

Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology

Abstract

Experiments were conducted to evaluate the management of thrips (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) in peanut and cotton and the interaction between thrips and tarnished plant bug, Lygus lineolaris (Palisot de Beauvois), in cotton. Although management of thrips with foliar insecticides historically has not been recommended in peanut, the current study observed significant yield benefits from the management of thrips with foliar insecticides. This was especially evident when peanut plants were stressed from herbicide injury. In another experiment, significant differences were observed among cotton varieties in terms of their susceptibility to thrips injury. Finally, an interaction between thrips injury and tarnished plant bug injury in cotton was not observed in these studies. However, both thrips and tarnished plant bug caused significant yield losses in cotton. Results from these experiments will be important for improving current integrated pest management programs in both cotton and peanut.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/16909

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