International Sugar Journal

Potential impact of Mexican rice borer non-crop hosts on sugarcane IPM † [Full subscriber]

The Mexican rice borer, Eoreuma loftini (Dyar) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae), was detected in Louisiana in 2008, having first spread from Mexico into Texas. E. loftini is a severe pest of sugarcane, but it also feeds on rice and a wide range of other grasses. Research on E. loftini management has focused on studying the pest in its main crop host plants, with the role of non-crop grasses only recently studied. Two four-replication sentinel plant studies were conducted in 2006 and 2007 to assess naturally occurring E. loftini infestations in five selected weed species: Leptochloa panicoides, Sorghum halepense, Paspalum urvillei, Urochloa platyphylla…

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