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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1959. Department of Entomology.
This study was undertaken to investigate the independence of infection hypothesis. The hypothesis maintains that innoculation by a viruliferous insect is local and independent of any other innoculation on the host, i.e. the probability of infection is the probability that one or more insects in a group is capable of causing infection alone. The antithesis of this is that infection by viruliferous insect is dependent on the number of infection to result. This dependence of infection is well known as the mass action theory.
The conclusion drawn by this author in weight of the evidence presented favors acceptance of the independent infection hypothesis.
Advisor: Robert Staples