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Host plant records for the Citrus mealybug, Planococcus citri (Hemiptera, Pseudococcidae) in Baghdad Province, Iraq

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Mohammed Saleh Abdul-Rassoul, Feryal Bahjat Hermiz

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J. Bio. Env. Sci.12( 2), 19-23, February 2018


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This paper presents the results of field surveys on the host plants of the citrus mealybug, Planococcus citri (Risso)(Hemiptera, Pseudococcidae) is attacked many host plant in Baghdad Provence, Iraq between 2013 and 2015. The survey included green houses, private nurseries, confined buildings, and previously published records. The aim of this study was to determine the host plants of the citrus mealybug, Planococcus citri in Baghdad, Iraq. The results revealed 19 species of host plants in 14 families including 4 fruit trees Citrus sp, Morus alba, Punica granatum, Vitis vinifera Linn. 2 vegetable crops Cucumis melo, Fragaria vesca and 13 ornamental plants.   Among these host plants, four were previously recorded, while fifteen are newly recorded for Iraq in which seven of them are recorded most probably new for the world Aglaonema crispum, Aphelandra sequarrosa, Begonia sp., Carissa grandiflora, Dieffenbachiaamoena, Dracaena fragrans, Epipremnum aureum, Ficus elastica, Platycerium bifurcatum, Philodendron scandens. This result indicates that P. citri in Iraq does not have such a wide host range as reported from other countries.


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