Assessment of parasitic potential of Telenomus remus Nixon against different lepidopteran pests
I Kiruthika, S Jeyarani, M Murugan, S Nakkeeran and V Balasubramani
Telenomus remus Nixon is the promising biocontrol agent as an egg parasitoid of Spodoptera spp., however, lack of information on the host spectrum of this parasitoid precludes its applied use in agriculture. It had been successively reared on the eggs of Corcyra cephalonica in some countries while, reports from China argued that it is infeasible. Therefore, we studied the parasitic potential of T. remus on eggs of different lepidopteran pests viz., Spodoptera litura, Helicoverpa armigera and Scirpophaga incertulas. The results demonstrated that S. litura was the most suitable alternate host with highest rate of parastization (93.50%) compared to others. However, it is important to emphasize the need for additional field studies in order to implement the biological control program based on this egg parasitoid.
How to cite this article:
I Kiruthika, S Jeyarani, M Murugan, S Nakkeeran and V Balasubramani. Assessment of parasitic potential of Telenomus remus Nixon against different lepidopteran pests. The Pharma Innovation Journal. 2022; 11(10S): 113-116.