Submitted to: Extension Reports
Publication Type: Experiment Station
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/30/2002
Publication Date: 9/30/2002
Technical Abstract: This publication is a popularized version of a previously published study (Butler et al., 2001, Association of insects and ergot (Claviceps purpurea) in Kentucky bluegrass seed production fields, J. Econ. Entomol. 94:1471-1476). The relationship between insects and ergot in Kentucky bluegrass fields was investigated through surveys of insects and ergot in Kentucky bluegrass seed production fields in the Pacific Northwest. A large diversity of insects was found. Conidia of C. purpurea were found on moths, flies, leafhoppers, and thrips. However, a correlation between the level of ergot infection and number of insects with conidia was not established.