Date palm white scale (Parlatoria blanchardii T): a new threat to date industry in Pakistan
Muneer Abbas, Faisal Hafeez, Amjad Ali, Muhammad Farooq, Muhammad Latif, Muhammad Saleem and Abdul Ghaffar
Date Palm (Phoenix dactylifera L) is a key plantation crop of many countries. Despite of other serious pests of date palm Parlatoria blanchardii is a formidable pest of young date plantation. Experiment was carried out at Horticultural Research Institute to check the effectiveness of three systemic insecticides viz. thiamethoxam 25 WG, carbosulfan 25 EC and fipronil 80 WG and two IGR’s viz. pyriproxyfen 10.8 EC and buprofezin 25 WP. Percent reduction in population was recorded 3, 7, 15 and 21 days of post application. Results reflected that all the chemicals significantly reduced the scale infestation (at 0.05 % level) but carbosulfan 25 EC showed maximum reduction in both application methods i.e. direct spray and basin application. However, direct spray method was more efficient than basin application method.
Muneer Abbas, Faisal Hafeez, Amjad Ali, Muhammad Farooq, Muhammad Latif, Muhammad Saleem, Abdul Ghaffar. Date palm white scale (Parlatoria blanchardii T): a new threat to date industry in Pakistan. J Entomol Zool Stud 2014;2(6):49-52.