Project Number: 2034-22000-012-03-T
Project Type: Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Oct 1, 2012
End Date: Sep 30, 2017
To identify all AC-DC EPG waveforms for pre-reproductive adults and third-instar nymphs of Lygus spp. feeding on susceptible cotton squares. To define the biological meanings of waveforms by correlating them with damage done in squares (via histology) and stylet activities, especially ingestion and salivation (in artificial diets). To quantitatively compare feeding of L. lineolaris third-instar nymphs on squares of Bt vs. non-Bt cotton.
Electrical penetration graph (EPG) monitoring of insect feeding will be used to identify and define all feeding behaviors of adult lygus bugs, including ingestion, salivation, and laceration, and in which cell types these behaviors occur.