Impact of wheat-rapeseed perimeter crop and environmental factors on the occurrence and population abundance of wheat aphid species

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Impact of wheat-rapeseed perimeter crop and environmental factors on the occurrence and population abundance of wheat aphid species

Rashid Ahmed Khan, Muhammed Naveed, Mureed Hussain
Int. J. Agron. Agri. Res.12( 6), 109-115, June 2018.
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The wheat aphid species individually and collectively cause severe damage to the wheat crop qualitatively and quantitatively. The incidence of these aphids is influenced by a number of biotic factors such as host plant resistance, availability of the natural enemies and the major abiotic factors such as temperature, humidity and rainfall. In the present investigation, the incidence and abundance of wheat aphid species were recorded with rapeseed as a perimeter crop. The results showed that wheat was infested by two major aphid species, bird cherry oat aphid, Rhopalosiphum padi and green peach aphid, Myzus persicae with rapeseed as a perimeter crop. The results further suggested that the level of infestation in wheat with perimeter crop remained low compared to check, influenced by the presence of natural enemies, however, the level of infestation of M. persicae remained highly influenced by the high level of infestation in rapeseed. In light of the above experimental results we concluded that the rapeseed influenced the population of R. padi and deterred S. avenae, however, encouraged M. persicae to infest wheat crop.


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