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dc.contributor.authorAdati, T.
dc.contributor.authorTamò, M.
dc.contributor.authorYusuf, S.R.
dc.contributor.authorDownham, M.C.A.
dc.contributor.authorSingh, B.B.
dc.contributor.authorHammond, W.
dc.identifier.citationAdati, T., Tamò, M., Yusuf, S.R., Downham, M.C., Singh, B.B. & Hammond, W. (2007). Integrated pest management for cowpea–cereal cropping systems in the West African savannah. International Journal of Tropical Insect Science, 27(3-4), 123-137.
dc.description.abstractCowpea Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp. is an important component in mixed cropping systems that are appropriate to the agro-ecological characteristics of the West African savannah. However, the contribution of cowpea to overall productivity of the systems is reduced by a number of insect pest species. Compared with the humid zone, important features of insect pests in the savannah region include: (i) a tendency towards higher pest incidence during the limited growing period, (ii) a more advantageous situation for generalist and migratory pests in the scanty and unstable vegetation and (iii) lower mortality inflicted by parasitoids on the pest populations. The key pests of cowpea of importance in the West African savannah are the legume flower thrips Megalurothrips sjostedti (Trybom) (Thysanoptera: Thripidae), the legume pod borer Maruca vitrata (Fabricius) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) and the pod-sucking bug Clavigralla tomentosicollis Sta˚l (Hemiptera: Coreidae). To control these insects in a sustainable manner, pest management practices such as the use of resistant cowpea varieties, mixed cropping systems, botanical and reduced risk insecticides, and biological control assisted by pest monitoring have been developed. Nevertheless, no single component is effective when used alone, but specific combinations can work synergistically. This paper highlights recent progress in integrated pest management strategies for cowpea in cerealbased cropping systems in the West African savannah.
dc.description.sponsorshipJapan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences
dc.subjectMegalurothrips Sjostedti
dc.subjectMaruca Vitrata
dc.subjectClavigralla Tomentosicollis
dc.subjectCropping Systems
dc.titleIntegrated pest management for cowpea cereal cropping systems in the West African savannah
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.description.versionPeer Review
cg.contributor.affiliationInternational Institute of Tropical Agriculture
cg.contributor.affiliationAbubakar Tafawa Balewa University
cg.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Greenwich
cg.coverage.regionWest Africa
cg.coverage.countryUnited Kingdom
cg.isijournalISI Journal
cg.authorship.typesCGIAR and developing country institute
cg.iitasubjectPlant Production
cg.iitasubjectFarming Systems
cg.iitasubjectFood Security
cg.iitasubjectFarm Management
cg.iitasubjectPlant Diseases
cg.iitasubjectPlant Health
cg.iitasubjectDisease Control
cg.iitasubjectPests Of Plants
cg.iitasubjectPlant Breeding
cg.iitasubjectCrop Husbandry
cg.iitasubjectHandling, Transport, Storage And Protection Of Agricultural Products
cg.accessibilitystatusLimited Access

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