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Sci Rep. 2017 Aug 17;7(1):8573. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-09251-9.

Nitenpyram seed treatment effectively controls against the mirid bug Apolygus lucorum in cotton seedlings.

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1
College of Horticulture Science and Engineering, Shandong Agricultural University, 61 Daizong Street, Tai'an, 271018, China.
2
College of Plant Protection, Shandong Agricultural University, 61 Daizong Street, Tai'an, 271018, China.
3
College of Plant Protection, Shandong Agricultural University, 61 Daizong Street, Tai'an, 271018, China. muwei@sdau.edu.cn.

Abstract

The mirid bug Apolygus lucorum (Meyer-Dür) has become a major pest in cotton fields and has led to significant yield losses due to the widespread use of transgenic Bt cotton in China. Eight neonicotinoid seed treatments were investigated to determine their effects on the management of A. lucorum in cotton fields. All neonicotinoid seed treatments reduced the cotton damage caused by A. lucorum, and nitenpyram at the rate of 4 g/kg seed showed the most favorable efficacy in suppressing A. lucorum populations throughout the cotton seedling stage. The neonicotinoid seed treatments had no effect on the emergence rate of cotton seeds. Although the neonicotinoid seed treatments were not significantly different from the spray treatments in the cotton yield, the seed treatments reduced the need for three pesticide applications and showed a tremendous advantage in labor costs throughout the cotton seedling stage. Overall, the neonicotinoid seed treatments, particularly the nitenpyram seed treatment, can provide effective protection and should play an important role in the management of early season A. lucorum in Bt cotton fields.

PMID:
28819325
PMCID:
PMC5561033
DOI:
10.1038/s41598-017-09251-9
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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