• Influence of biochemical parameters of host plants on the biology ofDialeurodes vulgaris Singh (Aleyrodidae: Homoptera)

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      Dialeurodes vulgaris ; jasmine; host preference

    • Abstract


      The influence of biochemical parameters of the host plants viz.Jasminum multiflorum Andr.,Jasminum sambac Ait.,Jasminum grandiflorum Linn.,Jasminum auriculatum Vahl.,Jasminum pubescens Willd. andJasminum flexile Vahl. on the biology of Dialeurodes vulgaris was studied. The results indicate remarkable variation in the biochemical parameters of host plants which affected significantly the biology of the insect. The per cent survival and growth index have been considerably low inJasminum pubescens, Jasminum auriculatum andJasminum grandiflorum and the same trend has been noticed with regard to fecundity and longevity also. The most preferred hosts have beenJasminum sambac andJasminum multiflorum. It is observed that high amount of phenol and excessive accumulation of sugars in host plants make them nonpreferred while high amount of amino acids makes the plants more preferred byDialeurodes vulgaris.

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      R Sundararaj1 B V David1

      1. Fredrick Institute of Plant Protection and Toxicology, Padappai - 601 301, India
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