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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: SUNFLOWER GERMPLASM DEVELOPMENT FOR IMPROVED INSECT AND DISEASE RESISTANCE Title: Pest management update on sunflower midge

item Knodel, Janet -
item Beauzay, Patrick -
item Chirumamilla, Anitha -
item Charlet, Laurence -
item Gross, Theresa

Submitted to: World Wide Web
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: January 20, 2011
Publication Date: January 20, 2011
Citation: Knodel, J., Beauzay, P., Chirumamilla, A., Charlet, L.D., Gross, T.A. 2011. Pest management update on sunflower midge. Presentation at the National Sunflower Association Research Forum, January 12-13, 2011, Fargo, ND. Available:

Technical Abstract: The sunflower midge (Contarinia schulzi) is a serious insect pest of sunflower, causing bud and head deformation that lead to poor seed development, and in many cases no seed development. This presentation describes the life cycle of the sunflower midge and shows images of infested sunflower heads. The Bracken method for assessing midge damage is explained and management strategies, such as planting date and hybrid selection, are described. The results of insecticide application trials indicated that insecticides were ineffective at managing damage from the sunflower midge.

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