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Published in J. Econ. Entomol. 98(1): 202Ð209 (2005). This article is the copyright property of the Entomological Society of America and may not be used for any commercial or other private purpose without specific written permission of the Entomological Society of America.


Interactions of the parasitoid Lysiphlebus testaceipes (Cresson) and the greenbug, Schizaphis graminum (Rondani), on greenbug-resistant ‘Cargill 607E’ (antibiosis), ‘Cargill 797’ (primarily tolerance), and -susceptible ‘Golden Harvest 510B’ sorghum, Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench, were tested using three levels of biotype I greenbug infestation. The parasitoid infestation rate was 0.5 female and 1.0 male L. testaceipes per plant. For all three greenbug infestation levels, the parasitoid brought the greenbug under control (i.e., prevented the greenbugs from killing the plants) on both resistant hybrids, but it did not prevent heavy leaf damage at the higher greenbug infestation rates. At the low greenbug infestation rate (50 greenbugs per resistant plant when parasitoids were introduced), greenbugs damaged 5 and 18% of the total leaf area on ‘Cargill 797’ and ‘Cargill 607E’, respectively, before greenbugs were eliminated. Leaf damage was higher for the intermediate infestation study (120 greenbugs per plant), 21% and 30% leaf area were damaged on the resistant sorghum hybrids ‘Cargill 797’ and ‘Cargill 607E’, respectively. At the high greenbug infestation rate (300 greenbugs per plant), heavy damage occurred: 61% on ‘Cargill 607E’ and 75% on ‘Cargill 797’. The parasitoids did not control greenbugs on the susceptible sorghum hybrid ’Golden Harvest 510B’. L. testaceipes provided comparable control on both greenbug-resistant hybrids. This study supports previous studies indicating that L. testaceipes is effective in controlling greenbugs on sorghum with antibiosis resistance to greenbugs. Furthermore, new information is provided indicating that L. testaceipes is also effective in controlling greenbugs on a greenbug-tolerant hybrid.

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