Occurrence of Acerophagus papayae Noyes and Schauff (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae) on Papaya Mealybug, Paracoccus marginatus Williams and Granara De Willink, in Pune Region of Maharashtra State
Papaya ( Carica papaya L.) is grown over 2300 ha in Maharashtra and almost 50% of the crop is utilized for papain production. Recently, the papaya crop was found to be infested by the invasive papaya mealybug (PMB), Paracoccus marginatus Williams and Granara de Willink. The PMB was first noticed in Maharashtra in the papaya orchard at Regional Fruit Research Station (RFRS), Ganeshkhind, Pune on 14 th July, 2010 by a survey team of scientists of the All India Co-ordinated Research Programme on Biological Control of Crop Pests and Weeds, Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, College of Agriculture, Pune.
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