oa African Entomology - Laboratory production of Busseols fuses (Fuller) (Lepidoptera: Noctuldae) and techniques for the detection of resistance in maize plants



Techniques are descriptionbed for continual re-establishment of laboratory colonies of Busseola fusca (Fuller) by collecting diapausing larvae from commercial maize fields. By using the first generation offspring of field-collected larvae for artificial infestation of plants, an effective resistance breeding programme for maize can be maintained without the need for continuous rearing of larvae on meridic diets. Methods for artificial infestation of maize with B. fusca are descriptionbed.


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