n African Entomology - Morphological and genetic characterization of a South African Plutella xylostella granulovirus (PlxyGV) isolate : short communication
|Article Title||Morphological and genetic characterization of a South African Plutella xylostella granulovirus (PlxyGV) isolate : short communication|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Affiliations||1 Rhodes University, 2 Rhodes University, 3 Rhodes University, 4 Rhodes University, 5 Rhodes University and 6 Citrus Research International|
|Publication Date||Mar 2013|
|Pages||168 - 171|
Plutella xylostella (L.) (Lepidoptera: Plutellidae), also known as diamondback moth, is a destructive insect pest of cruciferous crops (Talekar & Shelton 1993; Shelton 2004). The pest occurs wherever its host plants are cultivated and the global annual cost of damage and control is estimated to be US$4-5 billion (Zalucki et al. 2012). The extensive use of synthetic pesticides for control combined with the high fecundity of P. xylostella has resulted in the pest developing resistance to nearly all classes of insecticides (Grzywacz et al. 2009). Moreover, these chemicals have negative environmental implications and may affect non-target species, some of which are natural enemies of the pest.
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