Submitted to: Egyptian Journal of Agricultural Research
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/12/2008
Publication Date: 12/15/2008
Citation: Greenberg, S.M., Adamczyk Jr, J.J., Sappington, T.W., Jones, W.A., Liu, T. 2008. Interrelationship between plants and insects as the basis for IPM systems. Egyptian Journal of Agricultural Research. 86(1):133-148.
Technical Abstract: Sustainable agriculture is ecologically sound, economically viable, socially just, and humane. These four goals for sustainability can be applied to all aspects of any agricultural system, from production and marketing to processing and consumption. IPM may be considered a key component of a sustainable agriculture system. Based on our studies, we showed effects of abiotic and biotic factors, plant phenology and physiology, insect ecology, behavior, and reproductive potential on interrelationship between cotton, an economically important crop in Texas, the boll weevil, Anthonomus grandis grandis (Beheman), the beet armyworm, Spodoptera exigua (Hubner), and the sweetpotato whitefly, Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) biotype B, which are some of the key insects on cotton. All of these findings improved our capability to develop environmentally safe and efficient strategies focused on long-term prevention of pests or their damage.