Vol. 11 No. 1
Screening of finger millet varieties against major insect pests at Odisha
Author(s): A. SASMAL
Abstract: An experiment was conducted to study the insect pest population in finger millet crop and presence of beneficial insects at the Centre for Pulse Research, Berhampur, OUAT, Odisha under All India Coordinated Small Millet Improvement Project during Kharif, 2013 which included 32 number of Initial Varietal Trials entries and one local check. The results indicated that the infestation due to grasshoppers ranged from 0 to 4.6%, due to aphids ranged from 0 to 7.4% and infestation of panicles varied from 1.4% to 12.4%, and due to stem borer infestation the percentage of ‘Dead Heart’ was noted 0 to 20.1% in different entries. Among different types of naturally available beneficial fauna in ragi, the spiders and coccinellids are predominant one.
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