Feeding Stimulation in Chilo Partellus (Swinhoe) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) Larvae by Some Commonly Available Sugars and its Effect on Larval Mortality Caused by Bacillus Thuringiensis (Berliner)

  • Michael Brownbridge
Research Article


Investigations were carried out to establish the phagostimulatory effects of cheaply available materials (bag sugar, sucrose, molasses) on Chilo partellus larvae. Sugar and analytical grade sucrose (1% w/v solutions) were the best phagostimulants tested. Molasses was the least effective but a 10% w/v solution induced a significant feeding response. These stimulants, in combination with a Bacillus thuringiensis treatment, were tested to determine their effects on increasing the efficacy of the pathogen against this pest species. Larval mortality levels were significantly higher in the presence of a feeding stimulant than when B. thuringiensis alone was administered; inclusion of such adjuvants in a B. thuringiensis preparation could significantly enhance the field efficacy of the pathogen against C. partellus.

Key Words

Chilo partellus sugars feeding stimulation phagostimulants Bacillus thuringiensis pathogenesis 


Des investigations ont été conduites pour établir les effets de stimulation alimentaire de matériaux pas chers disponibles (sucre de sac, sucrose, molasses) sur la larve de Chilo partellus. Les meilleurs stimulants d’alimentation testés furent le sucre de sac et sucrose (SigmaR analytical grade) (1% w/v solutions). Les molasses furent les moins effectives mais à 10% w/v solution, induit une response significante. On testa ces stimulants, en combinaison avec le traitement de Bacillus thuringiensis pour déterminer leur effets en incrementant l’efficacité du patogen contre cette espéce nuisible. En présence d’un stimulant alimentaire, les niveaux de mortalité larvale furent significamment supérieurs que quand seulement B. thuringiensis était pourvu, suggérant que l’inclusion de tels adjuvants dans une préparation de B. thuringiensis pourrait relever, sur le terrain, l’efficacité du patogen contre C. partellus.

Mots Clés

Chilo partellus sucres stimulation alimentaire Bacillus thuringiensis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Brownbridge
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.The International Centre of Insect Physiology and EcologyNairobiKenya
  2. 2.Entomology Research LaboratoryThe University of VermontSouth BurlingtonUSA

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