Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam): A new host for Brevicoryne brassicae (L.) and Myzus persicae (Sulzer) (Hemiptera: Aphididae)

Bárbara Monteiro de Castro e Castro, Marcus Alvarenga Soares, Valter Carvalho de Andrade Júnior, Evaldo Martins Pires

Abstract


Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam.) is a plant potentially used as food in underdeveloped
countries and although it is easy to be planted and managed, many factors, like insects, may limit its
productivity. Usually, aphids attack cabbage (Brassica sylvestris (L.) Mill.) Mill.), negatively influencing
on its development and survival. The aphid species observed were Brevicoryne brassicae and Myzus
persicae (both Hemiptera: Aphididae). In this study was found that these species co-occur and show
potential to cause damage also on sweet potato plants in Brazil. So, they have to be considered in
Integrated Pest Management - IPM to sweet potato crop.

Keywords


Convolvulaceae, Insecta, pulgão

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