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Management Practices for Control of European Wireworms in Canada

MacKenzie, Joanna; Nelson, Jody and Hammermeister, Andy (2010) Management Practices for Control of European Wireworms in Canada. OACC Technical Bulletins, no. E2010-37. Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada.

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Significant losses in crop yield, quality and marketability have been attributed to wireworms, a pest of growing concern and widening distribution in Nova Scotia and across Canada.
While the Maritime Provinces harbour indigenous wireworm species, three species introduced to North America from European ship ballast cause the lion's share of damage.
The destructive larvae of these three species, Agriotes lineatus, A. obscurus, and A. sputator, persist in the soil for several years, feeding on the roots of host plants and causing significant reductions in the yield and quality of economically important crops. Root crops such as potatoes and carrots are particularly susceptible because damage (holes produced by feeding larvae) to the new tubers and carrots can appreciably reduce quality, yield and storability.
To control this pest, the adult must be deterred from entering and depositing eggs in the field, the larvae must be deterred from attacking the cash crop and/or the larvae themselves must be controlled. This is a difficult challenge due to the lifecycle, feeding preferences and movement habits of the wireworm.

EPrint Type:Report
Keywords:wireworm, organic, crop rotation
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Production systems > Cereals, pulses and oilseeds
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Vegetables
Crop husbandry > Crop health, quality, protection
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Root crops
Research affiliation: Canada > Nova Scotia Agricultural College
Canada > Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada/Centre d'agriculture biologique du Canada
Related Links:https://orgprints.org/19554
Deposited By: White, Joanna
ID Code:19290
Deposited On:17 Aug 2011 07:22
Last Modified:23 Nov 2011 14:30
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed
Additional Publishing Information:Interim Research Report
This report is also available in French at https://orgprints.org/19554

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