Producers Battle Sugarcane Aphids

Thursday, May 24, 2018

While sugarcane aphids have been difficult to suppress in past years due to their natural traits and limited insecticide options, Texas A&M AgriLife scientist Dr. Ada Szczepaniec shows resistant sorghum varieties and beneficial predators could provide a solution.

“The research demonstrates that a commercially available resistant sorghum variety provides an adequate protection against this pest in the central High Plains. It also shows aphid predators already present are readily attracted to aphid-infested sorghum. Biological control of aphids was significantly improved on the resistant sorghum with a combined top-down and bottom-up control approach,” according to Szczepaniec.

NIFA supports this project through Hatch Act Funds.

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