Intercropping Effects on Mustard Aphid (Lipaphis erysimi Kaltenback) Populations
- D. Singh and
- S. K. Kothari
Aphids (Lipaphis erysimi Kaltenback) often reduce mustard (Brassica juncea L.) yield in India. This study was conducted to determine if intercropping with aromatic plant species could provide an environmentally safe method for aphid control. Aphid infestation on monocrop mustard (‘Rohini’) was compared with intercrop treatments of artemisia (Artemisia annua L.), coriander (Coriandrum sativum L.), chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla L.), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare Mill.), and dill (Anethum sowa Kurz). Intercropping with fennel resulted in a significantly lower aphid infestation. These preliminary results warrant additional studies to determine control processes and if the practice is effective in commercial mustard fields.Please view the pdf by using the Full Text (PDF) link under 'View' to the left.
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