The effect of flowering calendula and cuphea plants on Orius insidiosus survival and predation of Aphis glycines
Aphis glycines, calendula, cuphea, Oilseed crops, Orius insidiosus, soybean aphid
Biocontrol Science and Technology
Flowering oilseed crops have the potential to diversify agroecosystems currently dominated by corn and soybeans and improve the provision of ecosystem services such as pest control. Nectar and pollen feeding may increase natural enemy fitness and searching behaviour, increasing their survival and prey consumption rates. The soybean aphid (Aphis glycines Matsumura; Hemiptera: Aphididae) is a particularly widespread and costly agricultural pest. In this study, we evaluate the effects of two flowering oilseed crops, cuphea and calendula, on the survival of the insidious flower bug (Orius insidiosus Say; Hemiptera: Anthocoridae) and its consumption levels of A. glycines placed on soybean plants. We also evaluated the survival of O. insidiosus when placed on glandular and non-glandular cuphea varieties. The amount of A. glycines that remained unconsumed by O. insidiosus did not differ among treatments. Because mortality levels of O. insidiosus were higher on glandular compared to non-glandular cuphea plants, glandular trichomes, or plant hairs, may play a role in impeding movement and prey consumption by O. insidious.
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Nemec, Kristine; Beckendorf, Eric; Hesler, Louis; Riedell, Walter; and Lundgren, Jonathan, "The effect of flowering calendula and cuphea plants on Orius insidiosus survival and predation of Aphis glycines" (2016). Faculty Publications. 1133.