Florida Entomologist (2015) 98, 354-355

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Divina M. Amalin, Lani Averion, Dennis Bihis, Jesusa C. Legaspi and Edward F. David (2015)
Effectiveness of kaolin clay particle film in managing Helopeltis collaris (Hemiptera: Miridae), a major pest of cacao in the Philippines
Florida Entomologist 98 (1), 354-355
Abstract: The use of particle film technology has not been documented previously to protect cacao (Theobroma cacao L.; Malvales: Malvaceae) against insect feeding. Laboratory assessment of the use of local kaolin against the cacao mirid bug, Helopeltis collaris Stal (Hemiptera: Miridae), revealed a highly positive and statistically significant repellence of this insect pest on kaolin-treated cacao pods. This result warrants follow up field studies to evaluate further the potential of kaolin clay to control cacao pests in the Philippines.
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Database assignments for author(s): Divina M. Amalin, Jesusa Crisostomo Legaspi

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
control - general

Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.

Helopeltis collaris Cacao (Theobroma cacao) Philippines