Effect of agronomic factors on the spatial distribution of greyback canegrub, Dermolepida albohirtum (Waterhouse) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), in sugarcane in the Burdekin River Irrigation Area

Ward, Andrew L. (2003) Effect of agronomic factors on the spatial distribution of greyback canegrub, Dermolepida albohirtum (Waterhouse) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), in sugarcane in the Burdekin River Irrigation Area. Australian Journal of Entomology, 42 (1). pp. 22-28.

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Abstract

A series of studies were undertaken examining the factors that impact on the spatial distribution of greyback canegrub infestations in sugarcane in the Burdekin region of Queensland. Historic records of damage by greyback canegrub showed that sugarcane blocks planted or harvested earlier than surrounding blocks were more likely to be damaged than blocks planted or harvested later. The derived hypothesis that sugarcane height may be the primary determinant of where damage occurs was confirmed in field studies. The tallest sugarcane blocks at the time of oviposition consistently had the highest grub populations. There was no difference in the distribution of damage between the cultivars Q96 and Q117 and the age of these crops also had no impact. The finding that sugarcane height is the primary determinant of where damage occurs on Burdekin farms opens the possibility of using it as a tool to manipulate where canegrubs oviposit and the development of a range of associated cultural control strategies.

Item ID: 13725
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Coleoptera; Scarabaeidae; spatial distribution; sugarcane
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ISSN: 1440-6055
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2010 03:46
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0608 Zoology > 060899 Zoology not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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