Augmentative on-farm delivery methods for the parasitoid Habrobracon hebetor Say (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) to control the millet head miner Heliocheilus albipunctella (de Joannis) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in Burkina Faso and Niger

Ba, M N and Baoua, I B and Kabore, A and Amadou, L and Oumarou, N and Dabire-Binso, C and Sanon, A (2014) Augmentative on-farm delivery methods for the parasitoid Habrobracon hebetor Say (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) to control the millet head miner Heliocheilus albipunctella (de Joannis) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in Burkina Faso and Niger. BioControl, 59 (6). pp. 689-696. ISSN 1386-6141

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Abstract

Augmentative on-farm delivery methods for the parasitoid Habrobracon hebetor (Say) (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) to control the millet head miner (MHM) Heliocheilus albipunctella (de Joannis) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) were investigated in Burkina Faso from 2011 to 2012 and in Niger in 2012. Our findings indicate that 7 cm 9 10 cm jute bags containing 50 g of millet grains, 30 g of millet flour, 25 Corcyra cephalonica larvae and two mated H. hebetor females are the most effective option for on-farm delivery of the parasitoid. The parasitoid progeny started emerging from the bags eight days after confinement and 57–71 parasitoid adults emerged from each bag. Using the methods we developed, over 90 %parasitism of MHM larvae was achieved in millet farms. The implications of these findings for a large extension of MHM biocontrol program are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: RP-Dryland Cereals
CRPS: CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals
Uncontrolled Keywords: Millet head miner, Biological control, Habrobracon hebetor, Corcyra cephalonica
Subjects: Mandate crops > Millets
Depositing User: Mr B K Murthy
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2015 04:13
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2016 03:41
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/8560
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10526-014-9613-8
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