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Development of resistance to endosulphan in populations of the tea mosquito bug Helopeltis theivora (Heteroptera: Miridae) from organic and conventional tea plantations in India

  • Somnath Roy (a1), Ananda Mukhopadhyay (a1) and G. Gurusubramanian (a2)

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The tea mosquito bug Helopeltis theivora (Waterhouse) is an important economic pest of tea in India. The development of resistance in H. theivora populations obtained from a conventional plantation and an organic plantation was studied in the laboratory for five generations, and associated changes in life cycle traits were assessed. Selection using sub-lethal concentrations of endosulphan resulted in a 4.4-fold increase in insecticide resistance ratio from the F1 to the F5 generation in the H. theivora population from the conventional plantation. By the F5 generation, nymphal duration was higher and fecundity was lower in the endosulphan-selected strain than in the non-selected strain from a conventional plantation and the susceptible strain from an organic plantation. These findings have practical implications for insecticide resistance management of this important sucking pest of tea.

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Development of resistance to endosulphan in populations of the tea mosquito bug Helopeltis theivora (Heteroptera: Miridae) from organic and conventional tea plantations in India

  • Somnath Roy (a1), Ananda Mukhopadhyay (a1) and G. Gurusubramanian (a2)

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