Techniques for Determining Mechanisms of Resistance: Antixenosis for Oviposition

  • K. R. Manikandan
  • A. Arasu


In the host selection process, oviposition by adult female is a crucial step. It establishes the fact that the insect can utilize the plant for reproduction. The ovipositional preference of an adult can be tested under choice/no-choice conditions. Nonparametric and parametric statistical tools can be deployed to deduce inferences from the experiments.


Ovipositional preference Choice conditions No-choice conditions Reproduction 



The authors would like to thank authorities of Agricultural College and Research Institute (TNAU), Madurai, Tamilnadu, and Annamalai University, Tamilnadu for their support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. R. Manikandan
    • 1
  • A. Arasu
    • 2
  1. 1.Agricultural College and Research Institute (TNAU)MaduraiIndia
  2. 2.Department of EntomologyAnnamalai UniversityChidambaramIndia

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