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1 February 2006 Reduced Oviposition by Diaprepes abbreviatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) and Growth Enhancement of Citrus by Surround Particle Film
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Regularly applied sprays of a particle film, Surround WP, greatly enhanced the growth of citrus trees on a poorly drained Winder soil at Fort Pierce, FL. After 3 yr of applications every 3 or 4 wk, Surround-treated trees had at least 5 times the mass, 6 times the canopy volume, and ≈4 times the cross-sectional area of the tree stems at the graft union compared with untreated trees. The larger Surround-treated trees attracted a higher number of adult weevil Diaprepes abbreviatus (L.) and to a lesser extent citrus root weevil, Pachnaeus litus (Germar), per tree, but there was an equivalent number of egg masses per tree compared with the control trees. The number of egg masses per female weevil oviposited on Surround-treated trees was significantly less than either the control trees or trees treated biannually with an entomopathogenic nematode, BioVector. The number of larvae per tree recovered from the roots of excavated trees was greater from trees treated with Surround once every 3 wk compared with control trees. The data suggest that Surround particle film greatly enhanced the growth of citrus trees grown in a poorly drained soil. The reduction in oviposition by D. abbreviatus was insufficient to significantly reduce the number of root weevil larvae per tree feeding on the roots. However, the more vigorous trees resulting from Surround applications may be more resistant or tolerant to root weevil feeding.

S. L. Lapointe, C. L. Mckenzie, and D. G. Hall "Reduced Oviposition by Diaprepes abbreviatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) and Growth Enhancement of Citrus by Surround Particle Film," Journal of Economic Entomology 99(1), 109-116, (1 February 2006). https://doi.org/10.1603/0022-0493(2006)099[0109:ROBDAC]2.0.CO;2
Received: 11 January 2005; Accepted: 29 September 2005; Published: 1 February 2006
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