Revista Chapingo Serie Ciencias Forestales y del Ambiente
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Revista Chapingo Serie Ciencias Forestales y del Ambiente
Volume XX, issue 1, January - April 2014


Luz R. Bourne-Murrieta; Francisco J. Wong-Corral; Jesús Borboa-Flores; Francisco J. Cinco-Moroyoqui

Received: 19-03-2013

Accepted: 16-01-2014

Available online: / pages.63-75


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  • descriptionAbstract

    Prostephanus truncatus (Horn) is a wood borer insect adapted to stored food products, mainly maize. In this study we quantified losses and damages caused by this insect in 10 varieties of maize and 10 plant species to determine the susceptibility and effects that the insect could provoke if it adapts to the conditions in northwestern Mexico. Maize seeds and pieces of branches of tree species were subjected to artificial infestation by adult P. truncates, and then incubated at 27 ± 1 °C and 70 ± 3 % RH. The preference of insects and damage in each material were determined. Insects preferred and damaged most to “Maizon”, a variety of native maize planted by producers of the mountainous region of Sonora. The pieces of branches with higher degree of damage by P. truncatus were Ricinus communis, Jatropha cardiophylla and Parkinsonia aculeata; however, the insect was unable to reproduce in any of the branches. “Maizón” was also the variety that had the most dramatic decline in germination and the highest number of adults of P. truncatus emerged.

    Keyworks: Induced infestation, preference, susceptibility, germination, Sonora.
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  • starCite article

    Bourne-Murrieta, L. R.,  Wong-Corral, F. J.,  Borboa-Flores, J., &  Cinco-Moroyoqui, F. J. (2014).  DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE LARGER GRAIN BORER Prostephanus truncatus (Horn) (COLEOPTERA: BOSTRICHIDAE) IN CORN AND BRANCHES OF WILD PLANTS. Revista Chapingo Serie Ciencias Forestales y del Ambiente, XX(1), 63-75.