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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: ECOLOGICALLY-BASED PEST MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES FOR WESTERN COTTON

Location: Pest Management and Biocontrol Research

Title: Area Wide Management for Pink Bollworm Population Suppression

Author
item Henneberry, Thomas

Submitted to: Egyptian Journal of Agricultural Research
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: November 1, 2005
Publication Date: December 31, 2005
Citation: Henneberry, T.J. 2005. Area wide management for pink bollworm population suppression. Egyptian Journal of Agric. Res. 83:143-153.

Interpretive Summary: The pink bollworm (PBW) is the key pest in cotton production areas in many cotton producing areas of the world. Continuing economic losses, social and environmental concerns about the focus on chemical control suggest the need for ecologically-oriented PBW management. Research by many scientists has produced an array of monitoring, biological control, cultural, behavioral, genetic and host plant resistance methods for formulation of integrated PBW management systems. Cotton production areas have variable PBW population densities, differences in production methods, and differing social and environmental considerations. Targeted management areas may vary in need for some IPM components. Some criteria for consideration in the selection of IPM tactics are PBW biology, ecology, population density, crop production methods, and economic feasibility. The success of area-wide PBW management is highly dependent on participation in the planning, site selection, implementation, and assessment phases of the program by all segments of the agricultural community. A highly effective extension-education communication program is essential.

Technical Abstract: The pink bollworm (PBW), Pectinophora gossypiella (Saunders) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) is the key pest in cotton, Gossypium spp., production areas in many cotton producing areas of the world. Continuing economic losses, social and environmental concerns about the focus on chemical control suggest the need for ecologically oriented PBW management. Research by many scientists has produced an array of monitoring, biological control, cultural, behavioral, genetic and host plant resistance methods for formulation of integrated PBW management systems. Cotton production areas have variable PBW population densities, differences in production methods, and differing social and environmental considerations. Targeted management areas may vary in need for some IPM components. Some criteria for consideration in the selection of IPM tactics are PBW biology, ecology, population density, crop production methods, and economic feasibility. The success of area-wide PBW management is highly dependent on participation in the planning, site selection, implementation, and assessment phases of the program by all segments of the agricultural community. A highly effective extension-education communication program is essential.

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