Determining Relative Abundance and Distribution Patterns of Insect Pests

  • T. Prabhulinga
  • A. D. N. T. Kumar


Abundance of pests on a crop is an important criterion for timing the screening of germplasms. Screening should be aimed against more than one key pest. This will facilitate developing resistant/tolerant variety against multiple species. Determining relative abundance also indicates the distribution patterns of the target insect species on the plant. Relative abundance also aids in developing sampling plans for the key pests.


Relative abundance Sampling Distribution patterns Timing of screening 



The authors were thankful to the authorities of the Central Institute for Cotton Research (CICR), Nagpur, and Coconut Research Institute, Sri Lanka, Lunuwila, Sri Lanka, for the encouragement.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Prabhulinga
    • 1
  • A. D. N. T. Kumar
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of EntomologyCentral Institute for Cotton Research (CICR)NagpurIndia
  2. 2.Crop Protection DivisionCoconut Research Institute Sri LankaLunuwilaSri Lanka

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