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Category Text Publication
Reference Category Journals
DOI 10.1080/09670870802660684
Title (Primary) Invasive weed facilitates incidence of Colorado potato beetle on potato crop
Author Tscheulin, T.; Petanidou, T.; Settele, J.
Journal International Journal of Pest Management
Year 2009
Department BZF
Volume 55
Issue 2
Page From 165
Page To 173
Language englisch
Keywords invasive; alien; Colorado potato beetle; crop pest; Solanum elaeagnifolium; Leptinotarsa decemlineata; potato; Lesvos; Greece
Abstract We examined whether the invasive silverleaf nightshade, Solanum elaeagnifolium (Cavanilles) can facilitate the infestation of potato (Solanum tuberosum (L.)) by the Colorado Potato Beetle, CPB, Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Say) in Greece, which would have important financial and pest management implications for the growing of potato crops. In laboratory tests, CPB from Lesvos could utilise S. elaeagnifolium if supplied with whole plants. In the field, however, CPB was only found on S. elaeagnifolium after the start of the spring potato harvest and the resulting loss of potato foliage, and no eggs were laid. This suggests that S. elaeagnifolium provides only a temporary food resource for adult beetles. One of 10 surveyed summer potato fields near the study population of S. elaeagnifolium was infested with CPB. It is likely that the presence of S. elaeagnifolium in the vicinity of spring and summer potato fields can help maintain CPB population viability in the immediate post harvest period of the spring potato crop, which may in turn facilitate the infestation of summer potato fields with CPB.
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Tscheulin, T., Petanidou, T., Settele, J. (2009):
Invasive weed facilitates incidence of Colorado potato beetle on potato crop
Int. J. Pest Manage. 55 (2), 165 - 173