Biological features and life table parameters of the mealy plum aphid Hyalopterus pruni on different apricot cultivars

Ozgokce M. S. , ATHHAN R.

PHYTOPARASITICA, vol.33, no.1, pp.7-14, 2005 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 33 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/bf02980919
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.7-14


Development, survival, reproduction rate, and population growth parameters of the mealy plum aphid Hyalopterus pruni (Geoffroy) (Hom.: Aphididae) were evaluated on four different apricot cultivars (Tyrinte, Sakit, Colomer, and Bebeco) under field conditions in the Van region of Turkey. Experiments were carried out on exterior leaves of trees, 1.5-2 m above the ground. Plexiglas clip-cells (25 x 6 mm) with the upper side covered by muslin were used in the experiments. The mealy plum aphid performed better on Tyrinte than on the other cultivars tested. The fastest development time (first instar to adult; 9.4 days), highest daily reproduction rate (2.6 offspring/aphid/day), and highest total fecundity (48.1 offspring/aphid) were obtained on Tyrinte. The intrinsic rate of increase - a good indicator of the growth potential of a population - of individuals fed on Tyrinte was significantly greater than that of individuals fed on cvs. Colomer and Bebeco. While mean generation times (T.) of populations on different cultivars were close to each other, the net reproductive rate was the highest (29.45 offspring/aphid/generation) on Tyrinte and the population doubling time on Tyrinte was 18.7%, 25.2% and 26.3% faster than those of individuals on other cultivars tested. The results obtained in this study indicated that Tyrinte appeared to be the most susceptible to the mealy plum aphid among the cultivars tested.