International Journal of Environmental Sciences

Volume 3 Issue 3 2012- November 2012    Pages: 1155-1160  <<Previous    Next>>

Study on infestation of cotton insect stainers on BT-cotton and non BT-cotton in Warangal, Andhra Pradesh

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Chintha Sammaiah, Laxman. P, Ch.Samatha

Department of Zoology, Environmental Entomology, Kakatiya University, Warangal-506009, Andhra Pradesh, India


Cotton insect strainers,   Dysdercus cingulatus Fabricius (Red cotton bug) and Oxycarenus hyalinipennis Costa, (Dusky cotton bug) were recorded as a major pest of Bt-cotton and non Bt-cotton in agricultural fields of Warangal, Andhra Pradesh, India. The percentage of infested plants ranged from 5 to 40% in Bt-cotton and 1 to 31% in non Bt-cotton during October-2011 to March-2012 by red cotton bug. The percentage of infested plants ranged from 2 to 41 in Bt-cotton and 2 to 35 in non Bt-cotton during October-2011 to March-2012 by Dusky cotton bug. Surveys were conducted every week after sowing of seeds for infestation of plants in both crops. D. cingulatus infestation started in 16th week of Bt-cotton crop and 17th week of non Bt-cotton.   The maximum infestation 45.33% was recorded in 28th week of Bt-cotton crop, 37.33% in 27th week of the non Bt-cotton. The infestation of O. hyalinipennis  started in 17th week of Bt  and non Bt-cotton crops and  reached peak infestation 46.33%,in  Bt-cotton and 38%  non Bt-cotton  in 29th week of both crops.

Keywords: Red cotton bug, Dusky cotton bug, Bt -cotton and non Bt-cotton, Warangal.


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