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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
Year: 2007  |  Volume: 10  |  Issue: 7  |  Page No.: 1149 - 1150

Field Screening and Evaluation of Pigeonpea Genotypes Against Podborer (Helicoverpa Armigera)

M. Rizwana Banu    

Abstract: Abstract: Hence an experiment was conducted to screen fifteen germplasm lines for their resistance/tolerance to podborer under natural infestation in pesticide-free open field. To asses the degree of infestation 250 green pods were randomly picked up from all the plants of each plot. The pods damaged by gram podborer were detected by the presence large bored holes in pods. Such infested and healthy pods were counted separately. The pod damage (%) was calculated on the basis of number of pods examined and the number of infested pods. Marketable green pod yield of each genotype under natural pest infestation was also recorded. On the basis of mean infestation, ICP13201 showed the lowest (25%) pod damage and showed lowest susceptibility among the genotypes studied. It was followed by ICP13208 and ICP11964 showed lower pod damage. The rest of the genotype suffered higher pod damage to Helicoverpa armigera. Considering the yield potential ICP13201, ICP13214 and ICP13212 showed higher yield potential than other genotypes. Considering the lower susceptibility to Helicoverpa armigera and higher yield potential ICP13201 was found to be the best.

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