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Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution

, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 89–95 | Cite as

Evaluation of Gossypium arboreum L. Germplasm for resistance to thrips

  • M. A. Stanton
  • J. McD. Stewart
  • N. P. Tugwell
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Summary

As part of a project to assess the U.S. Asiatic Cotton Germplasm Collection as a source of genes for pest resistance, forty-three accessions of Gossypium arboreum L. were evaluated for resistance to thrips. Thrips, Thysanoptera spp., are a minor, but widespread pest on cotton, G. hirsutum L. and G. barbadense L. Accessions were planted in free-choice field tests in 1988, 1989, and 1990 at the Cotton Branch Experiment Station, Marianna, Arkansas. Damage ratings, based on a scale of 0 (no damage) to 7 (severe damage), were made approximately one month after planting. Relative score was computed by dividing the rating of each accession by the rating of the reference, G. hirsutum ‘Stoneville 506’. The relative score averaged over all G. arboreum accessions by year varied with the year, but was less than 100 (relative score for Stoneville 506) in each case. When data were combined for all three years, twenty-five accessions were significantly better than Stoneville 506. Introgression of the better accessions into G. hirsutum is now in progress.

Key words

Cotton Frankliniella spp. host plant resistance Gossypium arboreum thrips Thysanoptera 

Abbreviations

NPGS

National Plant Germplasm System

STV 506

G. hirsutum ‘Stoneville 506’

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. A. Stanton
    • 1
  • J. McD. Stewart
    • 1
  • N. P. Tugwell
    • 2
  1. 1.Agronomy DepartmentUniversity of ArkansasFayettevilleUSA
  2. 2.Entomology DepartmentUniversity of ArkansasFayettevilleUSA

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