Intercropping System for Protection the Potato Plant from Insect Infestation

Aziza Sharaby1*, Hashim Abdel-Rahman2Sawsan Sabry Moawad1
 
1 - Pests & Plant Protection Department, National Research Center, Cairo, EGYPT
2 - Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, Entomology Department, Cairo, EGYPT
*Corresponding author: sharaby_aziza@yahoo.com
 

Abstract. The use of intercropping system provides an option for insect control for organic farmers that are limited in their chemical use. Additionally, intercropping systems can be attractive to conventional growers as a cost-effective insect control solution. A study was carried out for two seasons 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 to evaluate the effect of intercropping of potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) with onion (Allium cepa L.) on whitefly (Bemicia tabasi Gennadius) and aphids' Myzus persicae Sulz. and Aphis gossypii Glover infestation in potato fields. Results indicated that intercropping significantly reduced potato plant infestation with whitefly by 42.7, 51.3% while it was 62.69% reduction with aphids during the two successive winter seasons than when potato plants were cultivated alone. Therefore, intercropping could be recommended as a protection method of reducing pest population in the fields. 

Key words:  intercropping, whitefly, aphids, potato, onion, pest infestation.
 
Ecologia Balkanica, 2015, vol. 7, Issue 1, pp.87-92

Article № eb.15114, ICID: 1164567 [Full text - PDF]pdf

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