In December 2009 and May 2010 an insect pest was observed on Jatropha curcas L. (Euphorbiaceae) saplings at the Biomass Farm Site, Banthara, of CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow, India. On the basis of morphology of the insect pest and symptoms caused on its host, it was identified as Maconellicoccus hirsutus (Green) (Homoptera: Coccoidae: Pseudococcidae) synonym Phenacoccus hirsutus Green. This is the first report of the occurrence of M. hirsutus infestation on J. curcas.
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The authors are thankful to the Director CSIR - National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow, India, for the facilities and for all logistic support and to Dr. K. Chandrshekhar, Entomologist, CSIR - National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow, for his help in identification of Maconellicoccus hirsutus (Green). Financial help from the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, is gratefully acknowledged. The authors are also thankful to the Editor and two anonymous reviewers for their feedback on a previous version of the manuscript.
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Kumar, A., Singh, N. First report of Maconellicoccus hirsutus Green infestation on Jatropha curcas saplings. Phytoparasitica 42, 71–73 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12600-013-0339-4
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