Shield Bug Infestation Of Oyster Nut

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1967
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Goodchild A. J. P.
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During a visit to Makerere University College, Kampala, from July to September 1966, the writer had the opportunity of observing an intense infestation of a plant of the Oyster Nut (Telfairea pedata Hook. Cucurbitaceae), growing in the University Botanic Garden, by the shield bug Piezosternum calidum (Tessaratomidae). The effect on the plant was very severe. In the articles dealing with this crop, in earlier volumes of this journal, the only insect pests mentioned are those with generalized feeding habits, which also attack many other types of crop. Swynnerton (1937) mentions termite damage as shortening the useful life of the plants in the Tanganyikan plains, while Poppleton (1940) refers to attacks by grasshoppers on young plants.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, p. 192-196
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