The relationship between primary metabolites in reproductive structures of cowpea Vigna unguiculata (Fabaceae: Papilionidae) cultivars and field resistance to the flower bud thrips Megalurothrips sjostedti (Thysanoptera: Thripidae)

  • O. Y. AlabiEmail author
  • J. A. Odebiyi
  • M. Tamò


Preliminary screening of germplasm from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) showed that a number of cowpea Vigna unguiculata (L). Walp. cultivars have potential for resistance to the flower bud thrips, Megalurothrips sjostedti (Trybom). In an earlier study, 10 cultivars from this germplasm were selected and the mechanisms of resistance determined. Therefore, in this study, the basis of resistance operating in the cultivars was elucidated during the first and second planting seasons of 1998. Cowpea cultivars were analysed for primary metabolites (total protein content and glucose contents) to study their relationship with resistance parameters of M. sjostedti under field conditions. Total protein and glucose contents varied significantly (P< 0.01) in floral buds and flowers of the different cultivars, while in racemes there were little or no significant differences. Highly significant negative correlation coefficients were obtained between total protein contents in reproductive structures and resistance parameters, especially during the second season, regardless of cowpea cultivar, indicating that quality of total protein content plays a significant role in cowpea resistance to M. sjostedti. Significant (P< 0.05) correlation between damage indices and glucose content in Vita 7 and Kpodjiguegue is responsible for their susceptibility to M. sjostedti damage. Furthermore, presence of a unique protein band (20.1 kDa) in Moussa local, Sanzibanili and Sewe cultivars could be associated with resistance to flower bud thrips, regardless of quantity of total protein content in these and other test cultivars. Similarly, the specific band just above the 94 kDa in Vita 7 could be responsible for its susceptibility to M. sjostedti.

Key words

Megalurothrips sjostedti Vigna unguiculata total protein glucose content reproductive structures resistance 


Un criblage préliminaire de la collection de l’Institut International d’Agriculture Tropicale (IITA) a montré que de nombreux cultivars de niébé Vigna unguiculata (L).Walp. présentent un potentiel de résistance au trips des bourgeons de fleurs Megalurothrips sjostedti (Trybom). Dans une étude antérieure, 10 cultivars de cette collection avaient été sélectionnés et les mécanismes de résistance identifiés. Dans cette étude, nous nous sommes intéressés aux facteurs responsables de cette résistance pendant les deux cycles culturaux de1998. Nous avons effectué une analyse des métabolites primaires (teneurs en protéines totales et en glucose) des cultivars afin de déterminer leurs influences sur les parame`tres de résistance au trips en conditions naturelles. Les teneurs en protéines et en glucose des bourgeons floraux et des fleurs sont significativement différentes (P < 0,01) sur les différents cultivars, mais il y a peu ou pas de différence au niveau des race`mes. Des coefficients de corrélation négatifs hautement significatifs ont été obtenus entre la teneur en protéines dans les structures reproductives et les parame`tres de résistance, en particulier pendant le second cycle cultural, quelque soit le cultivar, indiquant que la teneur en protéines joue un rôle important dans la résistance du niébé à M. sjostedti. Une corrélation significative (P < 0,05) entre l’importance des dégâts et la teneur en glucose chez tous les cultivars signifie que la sensibilité du cultivar Vita 7 à M. sjostedti est due à une forte teneur en glucose. Par ailleurs, la résistance des cultivars Moussa local, Sanzibanili et Sewe semble liée à la présence d’une protéine correspondant à une bande de 10,1 kDa alors que la sensibilité du cultivar Vita 7 serait liée à une protéine particuli`re présente au dessus de 94 kDa.

Mots Clés

Megalurothrips sjostedti Vigna unguiculata protéines totales glucose teneur structures reproductives résistance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Institute of Tropical AgricultureIbadanNigeria
  2. 2.Department of Crop Protection and Environmental Biology, Entomology UnitUniversity of IbadanNigeria
  3. 3.International Institute of Tropical AgricultureBiological Control Centre for AfricaCotonouBénin

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