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Economically important insect pests of maize


William D. Hutchinson

University of Minnesota

Theresa M. Cira

University of Minnesota

Publication date:

27 July 2017

ID: 9781838791278

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Maize yields in most sub-Saharan African countries remain low, at 0.5 to 1.0 ton/ha. While some of this yield disparity can be attributed to the use of open-pollinated varieties (OPVs), much of the yield reduction is a result of numerous economically damaging insect pests. This chapter describes the main below- and above-ground pests of maize, as well as pests of stored maize products, and includes a detailed case study of management of the life cycle of the European corn borer in the United States. The chapter assesses potential future directions for research in this area and provides detailed guidance on where to find further information on the topic.

Table of contents

1 Introduction
2 Below-ground insect pests
3 Above-ground insect pests
4 Stored products pests
5 Case study: management of European corn borer in the United States
6 Future trends and conclusion
7 Where to look for further information
8 References