Sharew And Bayeh


Sharew and Bayeh

Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences

Vol. 10(3),
pp. 145-151, 2020


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of Host Plants of Cotton Mealybug Phenacoccus
Tinsley (Homoptera: Pseudococcidae) on Cotton Crops in Middle
Awash, Ethiopia



Abate1 and Bayeh Mulate2



1Ethiopian Institute of
Agricultural Research, P.O.B 2003 Addis Ababa.

2FAOET, Addis Ababa,






Article No.: 111219202

Type: Research


The exotic cotton mealybug Phenacoccus solenopsis Tinsley
invaded Ethiopia during 2010, and caused widespread infestation across all
six cotton growing regions. This New World species has emerged as a serious
pest of cotton and other crops and weeds. Forty two host plants of P. solenopsis were identified during
the cotton growing season. The host plants of P. solenopsis revealed 42, 31, and 30 species of plants belonging
to 21, 16 and 16 families served as hosts for P. solenopsis at Werer, Melka Sedi, and Gewane and across all
cotton growing areas of Middle Awash, respectively. The trend of P. solenopsis severity among host
plants across growing areas was clearly different although G4 plants were the
highest at all growing areas. This information can be helpful in management
of this pest.


Accepted:  20/11/2019

Published: 11/09/2020


*Corresponding Author


E-mail: sharewabate92@



Cotton mealybug; Phenacoccus solenopsis; host plants;
Severity; Ethiopia



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Cite this Article: Sharew,
A; Bayeh, M (2020). Survey of Host Plants of Cotton Mealybug Phenacoccus solenopsis Tinsley
(Homoptera: Pseudococcidae) on Cotton Crops in Middle Awash, Ethiopia.
Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences 10(3): 145-151.


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