International Journal of Tropical Insect Science

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 201–206 | Cite as

Antixenosis resistance in tomato to the fruit borer Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner)

  • V. SelvanarayananEmail author
  • P. Narayanasamy


Antixenosis resistance to Helicoverpa armigera (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) was studied in 10 tomato accessions selected from a germplasm of 321 at Tamil Nadu, India, using free-choice and no-choice laboratory experiments. The foliage and fruits of two accessions, namely PT 4287 and Varushanadu Local were the least preferred for feeding in both tests. In the no-choice (confinement) test, Seijima Jeisei, Varushanadu Local and PT 4287 were the most preferred for oviposition, but had low egg hatch rates. In the free-choice test, these accessions were the least preferred for oviposition. The first and second instars preferred to feed on the foliage of 30- and 45-day-old plants, respectively than 60- and 75-day-old plants, whereas ovipositional preference was insignificant among the various plant ages.

Key words

tomato Helicoverpa armigera resistance antixenosis feeding oviposition 


La résistance antixénotique à Helicoverpa armigera (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) a été étudiée expérimentalement au laboratoire sur 10 variétés de tomates sélectionnées à partir d’un germoplasme de 321 variétés, à Tamil Nadu en Inde, en situation de choix et de non choix. Les feuilles et les fruits des deux variétés PT 4287 et Varushanadu ont été les moins préférées lors des deux essais de prise de nourriture. En situation de non choix, Seijima leisei, Varushanadu et PT 4287 ont été les plus préférées pour la ponte mais avec un taux déclosion faible. En situation de choix, ces variétés ont été les moins préférées pour l’oviposition. Les premiers et seconds stades préfôrent se nourrir respectivement des feuilles des plantes âgées de 30 et 45 jours plutôt que des plantes âgées de 60 et 75 jours, alors qu’aucune différence significative n’est observée sur la ponte parmi les plantes de différents âges.

Mots clés

tomate Helicoverpa armigera résistance antixénose prise de nourriture oviposition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Entomology, Faculty of AgricultureAnnamalai UniversityIndia

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