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Journal of Entomology
  Year: 2016 | Volume: 13 | Issue: 4 | Page No.: 155-160
DOI: 10.3923/je.2016.155.160
New Record of Host Plants of Invasive Mealybug Phenacoccus solenopsis Tinsley (Tinsley, 1898), (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) in Alexandria and Behaira Governorates
Sahar M. Beshr, Suzan A. Badr, Anas A. Ahmad and G.H. Mohamed

Abstract:
Background: The cotton mealybug Phenacoccus solenopsis (Tinsley, 1898), (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) was an important plant pest, causing major economic, environmental and social impact. It is a polyphagous pest and multiplies on different hosts like field crops, horticultural, fruit, vegetable and ornamental plants. Materials and Methods: A reconnaissance field survey was conducted during the two successive years February, 2014 till February, 2016 in Alexandria and Behaira governorates. Samples were collected from urban and rural areas including planting and implanting host plants. Results: Six different localities were investigated in Alexandria and Behaira governorates. In Alexandria the recorded host plants were more diverse including ornamental, vegetables and herbal host plants. Vegetable crops were predominantly cultivated in the investigated area sites of Behaira governorates. Conclusion: Obtained result recorded a total of 22 species of host plants belonging to 12 families, among them are: Malvaceae, Tiliaceae, Portulaceae, Solanaceae and others. Eight species of herbal host plants were recorded as a new record in Egypt for the first time.
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Sahar M. Beshr, Suzan A. Badr, Anas A. Ahmad and G.H. Mohamed, 2016. New Record of Host Plants of Invasive Mealybug Phenacoccus solenopsis Tinsley (Tinsley, 1898), (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) in Alexandria and Behaira Governorates. Journal of Entomology, 13: 155-160.

DOI: 10.3923/je.2016.155.160

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=je.2016.155.160

 
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