Insecticide resistance in five major insect pests of cotton in India

Kranthi, K R and Jadhav, D R and Kranthi, S and Wanjari, R R and Ali, S S and Russell, D A (2002) Insecticide resistance in five major insect pests of cotton in India. Crop Protection, 21 (6). pp. 449-460. ISSN 0261-2194

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Insecticide resistance to representatives of commonly used insecticide groups (pyrethroids—cypermethrin; organophosphates—chlorpyriphos; cyclodienes—endosulfan) was determined in five major insect pests of cotton from the main cotton growing regions of India with emphasis on Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. The cotton bollworm Helicoverpa armigera (Hubner) exhibited widespread resistance to cypermethrin with 23–8022-fold resistance being recorded in field strains. Resistance to endosulfan and chlorpyriphos was low to moderate in H. armigera. The overall resistance of the pink bollworm Pectinophora gossypiella (Saunders) to pyrethroids was low. However, high resistance levels of 23–57-fold to endosulfan were recorded in some areas of Central India. Resistance to chlorpyriphos was high in the Medak, Bhatinda and Sirsa strains from North India. The majority of the Spodoptera litura (Fab.) strains collected in South India exhibited high resistance levels of 61–148-fold to cypermethrin. Resistance to endosulfan was high only in two strains, collected from Bhatinda and Karimnagar in North India. The S. litura strains from South India exhibited high levels of resistance at 45–129-fold to chlorpyriphos. Insecticide resistance in Earias vittella (Fab.) was low to moderate in the Sirsa and Sriganganagar strains from North India. Bemisia tabaci (Genn.) exhibited moderately high levels of resistance to cypermethrin, but resistance to endosulfan and chlorpyriphos was negligible in the field strains tested. The implications of resistance for cotton pest management in India are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Others > Fertilizer Applications
Others > Entomology
Depositing User: Mr Sanat Kumar Behera
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2011 10:41
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2011 10:34
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Funders: Department for International Development
Acknowledgement: The ‘Reading susceptible strain’ of H. armigera was kindly provided by Dr A. McCaffery of Reading University, UK, through the kind offices of Dr N. Armes of ICRISAT. The ‘Sudan-s’ strain of B. tabaci was kindly provided by Dr I. Denholm of Rothamsted Agricultural Experimental Station, UK. This paper is an output from a project funded, in part, by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) for the benefit of developing countries (R6734—Crop Protection Programme). The views expressed are not necessarily those of DFID.
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