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19 October 2022 The Relative Preference of Empoasca onukii (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) for Oviposition on Twenty-Four Tea Cultivars
Qi Yao, Manqun Wang, Zongmao Chen
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The tea green leafhopper, Empoasca onukii Matsuda (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) is currently one of the most threatening pests of tea production in China. Several approaches have been used to identify the resistance of different tea cultivars to this important tea pest. However, relatively limited information has been documented about its oviposition preferences. This study aimed to elucidate the preferential oviposition of E. onukii among 24 tea cultivars. Towards this objective, a multi-selective test for E. onukii oviposition was conducted in the laboratory, and the egg densities of E. onukii on 24 varieties were also surveyed in plantations at different time periods during the tea plant growing season in 2019. There was a significant difference in E. onukii egg densities among the 24 cultivars studied in both laboratory tests and the field investigations. Moreover, there was a positive correlation between the laboratory and field data for the number of eggs laid per cultivar. According to the laboratory and field evaluations, 2 cultivars were identified as very-susceptible for E. onukii oviposition, while another 5 cultivars were assigned as susceptible, 9 cultivars were classified as resistant and 2 cultivars were identified as very-resistant, respectively. This information on the oviposition preference for E. onukii on different cultivars could be used as a selection parameter for further breeding of leafhopper-resistant tea cultivars.

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Qi Yao, Manqun Wang, and Zongmao Chen "The Relative Preference of Empoasca onukii (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) for Oviposition on Twenty-Four Tea Cultivars," Journal of Economic Entomology 115(5), 1521-1530, (19 October 2022).
Received: 22 March 2022; Accepted: 3 August 2022; Published: 19 October 2022

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