Advisor

Catchot, Angus L.

Committee Member

Gore, Jeff

Committee Member

Dodds, Darrin M.

Committee Member

Musser, Fred

Date of Degree

1-1-2012

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

Entomology

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department

Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology

Abstract

In field experiments, managing for earliness through planting date and varietal maturity reduced tarnished plant bug, Lygus lineolaris (Palisot de Beauvois), densities, insecticide applications, and yield loss. A second experiment highlighted the importance of timely insecticide applications for managing tarnished plant bugs. Differences in fitness parameters were observed between tarnished plant bug populations collected from the Hills and Delta regions of Mississippi. Populations from the Delta region laid more eggs and produced more viable offspring than populations from the Hills. Populations from the Delta reared on cotton developed significantly faster to each life stage than those reared on diet or populations from the Hills region. Overall, tarnished plant bugs survived significantly better on diet than on cotton. Results from these experiments will be important for improving IPM practices for tarnished plant bugs in Mississippi cotton.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/20551

Comments

Tarnished Plant Bug Biotype||Spray Regimes||Tarnished Plant Bug Cultural Control||Tarnished Plant Bug Management||IPM||Cotton||Cultural Control||Tarnished plant bug

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