A Simple Technique for Mealybug Multiplication on Grooveless Pumpkins


  • Agricultural College and Research Institute (TNAU), Department of Agricultural Entomology, Tamil Nadu, 628 252, India


A simple roping technique that facilitates rapid multiplication of mealybugs even on smooth pumpkins (Cucurbita moschata Poir) devoid of ridges and furrows is described. After 20-40 days of ovisac inoculation, populations of Maconellicoccus hirsutus (Green) were 8-12 times significantly higher on grooveless pumpkins secured vertically across with 4 mm thick ropes at 2-4cm interspacing at the widest girth than that on bare grooveless pumpkins. However, populations increased by only 2-3 times on deep-grooved pumpkins and by 4-5 times on shallow-grooved fruits. Mealybugs were significantly more along 4mm thicker top rope than along 2mm thinner twine running vertically across the fruit surface.


Biocontrol, Grooveless Pumpkin, Mealybug Culture, Technique.

Subject Discipline

Agriculture Sciences

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