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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Predators of Budworm/bollworm Eggs in Cotton: An Immunological Study

Authors
item Ruberson, J - UNIV OF GEORGIA, TIFTON
item Greenstone, Matthew

Submitted to: National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: December 31, 1998
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: In order to make intelligent pest management decisions, cotton growers need to know which arthropod natural enemies are attacking the budworm/bollworm complex. Almost 3,000 predatory arthropods were collected from a 30 acre cotton field and subjected to an ELISA assay employing a monoclonal antibody to eggs of the budworm and bollworm. Eighteen percent of predators, which included a variety of insect and spider taxa, were positive for egg remains. These data will be combined with census data to determine the relative importance of each predator species in suppressing the budworm/bollworm complex.

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