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Title: Seasonal Population Dynamics and Kernel Damage of the Brown Stink Bug (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) in Corn

item Ni, Xinzhi
item Da, Kedong
item Buntin, David
item Cottrell, Ted
item Gunawan, Gunawati
item Krakowsky, Matthew
item Powell, Robby
item Tillman, Patricia - Glynn
item Olson, Dawn
item Mcpherson, Robert
item Wilson, Jeffrey - Jeff
item Lee, Dewey
item Coy, Anton

Submitted to: Entomological Society of America Regional Meetings
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/17/2007
Publication Date: 5/16/2007
Citation: Ni, X., Da, K., Buntin, D., Cottrell, T.E., Gunawan, G., Krakowsky, M.D., Powell, R., Tillman, P.G., Olson, D.M., Mcpherson, R., Wilson, J.P., Lee, D., Coy, A. 2007. Seasonal Population Dynamics and Kernel Damage of the Brown Stink Bug (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) in Corn. In: Proceedings of the Georgia Entomological Society Annual Meeting, May 16-17, 2007, Athens, Georgia. p. 14.

Interpretive Summary: not required

Technical Abstract: Seasonal population dynamics of the brown stink bug, Euschistus servus (Say) (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) in corn was monitored weekly using pheromone traps between May and September in 2005 and 2006. Ten traps were used per field (ca. one acre), and three fields were used each year. The number of stink bugs captured by the traps differed significantly between the two years. Two population peaks were observed in 2005, while only one peak was observed in 2006. In addition, 16 adults per trap (n = 30) were recorded at the peak in early June of 2005, while 9.1 adults per trap (n = 30) were at the peak in late May of 2006. Although the pooled data showed that the number of the brown stink bugs captured in the traps was the same between edge and inside of the fields, the percentage of females captured at the edge (63%) was significantly greater than the inside (55%). Grid sampling (3x3 m) of pre-harvest kernel damage showed the E. servus-damaged kernels were clustered in the corn fields. However, kernel damage was not consistently correlated with either kernel aflatoxin level or trap location at pre-harvest. Acknowledgments: We are indebted to P. Tapp and J. C. Mullis (USDA-ARS, Crop Genetics and Breeding Research Unit, Tifton, GA) for their assistance in completion of the study.