Varietal Resistance in the Integrated Pest Management of Cowpea Pests

  • Louis E. N. Jackai
  • Shiv R. Singh


Control of cowpea insect pests has been almost entirely achieved through the use of chemicals by progressive farmers. However, the peasant farmer has traditionally tended to rely on chance and has often been unable to obtain yields that would be profitable. This paper examines the farmer’s dilemma and the jrossibility of using host plant resistance (HPR) as an adjunct to other control methods in developing a sound integrated pest management of cowpea pests. The status of HPR in cowpea is reviewed with a view to identifying the areas where progress has been made with respect to the measurement and identification of resistance to formulate an effective integrated pest control program. The difficulties in achieving this are discussed in the light of our present data bank and the diversity of cowpea pests.

Key Words

Host plant resistance cowpea pests integrated pest management pesticides antibiosis non-preference biological control cultural control 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Louis E. N. Jackai
    • 1
  • Shiv R. Singh
    • 1
  1. 1.International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)IbadanNigeria

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