Population density of Tibraca limbativentris on flood irrigated rice and alternative host plants

Mauricio Paulo Batistella Pasini, Alessandro Dal'Col Lúcio, Alberto Cargnelutti Filho, Ana Lúcia de Paula Ribeiro, João Fernando Zamberlan, Sidinei José Lopes
2018 Pesquisa Agropecuária Brasileira  
Abstract: The objective of this work were to evaluate the population dynamics of the rice stem bug (Tibraca limbativentris) around and in flood irrigated rice cultivation area, to quantify the insect population flow between crops and host plants, and to determine the effect of the species, the diameter of the plant, and the distance of the host plant from the border on the rice stem bug population. The work was conducted in the 2012/2013 harvest and in the off-season, with sampling of rice,
more » ... opogom bicornis, and Andropogon lateralis plants in six cultivated areas, in order to count the number of insects. The population density of the rice stem bug in irrigated rice and alternative host plants presents spatial and temporal dependence. In the cultivated areas, the population density of the rice stem bug increases according to the evolution of the rice phenological stages, with the highest densities concentrated in regions close to the crop borders. The diameter and species of the host plant affect the rice stem bug population. Andropogon bicornis plants have higher population densities than A. lateralis, and plants with larger diameters show higher population densities of the rice stem bug. In the off-season, the greatest population of the rice stem bug on host plants is concentrated up to 45 m from the crop border, but it can disperse until 150 m.
doi:10.1590/s0100-204x2018000300001 fatcat:d2jba6ffu5f5rpld5oru5a334a