Resistance to the shoot borer in mahoganies

Watt, Allan D., Newton, Adrian C., and Cornelius, Jonathan P (2003) Resistance to the shoot borer in mahoganies. In: Lugo, Ariel E., Figueroa Colon, Julio C., and Alayón, Mildred, (eds.) Big-leaf mahogany: Genetics, ecology and management. Ecological Studies (159). Springer - Verlag New York, New York, NY, USA, pp. 395-404.

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Considerable research effort on Hypsipyla shoot borers has failed to produce effective methods of control. Deploying pest-resistant planting stock as a basis for managing these pests has not been considered until recently, however. We review evidence for the existence of resistance to shoot borers in Meliaceae, with particular emphasis on research in Costa Rica on resistance to Hypsipyla grandelia in big-leaf mahogany and Spanish cedar. This research has shown appreciable genetic variation in resistance to attack by shoot borers in these tree species. Strategies for future research are discussed, and we conclude that the best option for successful shoot borer management lies in using resistant planting stock in silvicultural or agroforestry systems to encourage natural biological control or otherwise minimize the abundance and adverse effects of shoot borers.

Item ID: 10507
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-387-98837-5
ISSN: 0070-8356
Keywords: Hypsipyla, shoot borers, swietenia macrophylia, Cedrela odorata, genetic resistance, pest management
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2010 00:37
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0705 Forestry Sciences > 070507 Tree Improvement (Selection and Breeding) @ 50%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0705 Forestry Sciences > 070505 Forestry Pests, Health and Diseases @ 50%
SEO Codes: 82 PLANT PRODUCTION AND PLANT PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8201 Forestry > 820101 Hardwood Plantations @ 100%
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