Fruit Crops: Custard Apple



Mealybugs are highly injurious to custard apple in India, Australia and Caribbean islands. Fruits are completely covered with mealybugs. When the population explodes, the mealybugs are seen on the trunk and leaves but rarely. They cover the entire fruit reducing the market value. Severe mealybug infestation causes heavy economic losses. In peninsular India, mealybug population started appearing in the last week of May and continued up to November. Peak infestation coincided with fruiting phase. The Australian ladybird beetle Cryptolaemus montrouzieri Mulsant is highly polyphagous known to prey on many species of mealybug species on custard apple. Leptomastix dactylopii has provided excellent control of Planococus citri.


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  1. 1.Indian Institute of Horticultural ResearchBangaloreIndia

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