BA 7:6 - Avila & Duarte 2012 - Abstract  

Efficiency of insecticides, applied as seed treatment and in plant pulverization in the control of green belly stink bug,
Dichelops melacanthus (Dallas) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), in corn crop

Crébio J. Ávila e Marcela M. Duarte


The efficiency of the insecticide thiamethoxam applied as seed treatment (210 g i.a./100 kg), the mixture thiamethoxam + lambda-cyhalothrin (16.5+33 and 33+66 g i.a./ha) applied as plant pulverization and the association of both treatments in the control of Dichelops melacanthus adults on corn crop were evaluated. The experiment was carried out at greenhouse and field conditions, with five chemical treatments and one control treatment (without insecticide). The seed treatment was done one day before field sowing. Ten days after the complete plant emergence (in greenhouse and field) the pulverization was done with thiamethoxam+lambda-cyhalothrin. Then, adults of green belly stink bug were liberated to feed on corn plants, being used screen cages for contention of the insects. The survival of adults of D. melacanthus was significantly influenced by chemical treatments applied both on seeds and in corn plant pulverization either at greenhouse or at field conditions. At greenhouse conditions, it was observed better control of adults when thiamethoxam was applied on corn seeds, independently if the corn plants were sprayed or not with the mixture thiamethoxam+lambda-cyhalothrin. However, at field conditions, the mixture thiamethoxam+lambda-cyhalothrin sprayed on corn plant was more efficient in the control of green belly stink bug than tiametoxam applied on seeds.

Key words
- Chemical control, mortality, neotropical bug, thiamethoxam, lambda-cyhalothrin.

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