Effect of attack by the flea beetle, Padagrica sp., on seed yield of two okra cultivars at Zaria

ANENE, C.

ABSTRACT: Similar populations of the flea beetle, Podagrica sp., were observed on two different okra) cultivars. Podagrica attack reduced both the number of pods and the weight of seeds produced by each cultivar. However, the Jokoso cultivar exhibited greater tolerance to beetle attack than the White Velvet cultivar. Comparing beetle-infested with beetle-free treatments, the seed yield of White Velvet was more drastically reduced (45.6%) by the insect than that of the lokoso cultivar (26.7%).

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