Relationship between <i>Sitona lepidus</i> larval numbers and white clover seed production


  • P.J. Gerard



Plots of two cultivars of white clover (Trifolium repens) Grasslands Prestige (smallleaved early flowering) and Grasslands Kopu (largeleaved later flowering) were established in coldframe beds Clover root weevil (Sitona lepidus) larval numbers were manipulated to obtain winter larval densities ranging from 0 to over 1000/m2 Increasing winter larval densities increased Prestige seed production (g/m2) when harvested on 28 December and 10 January and the trend was still evident on 24 January No such relationships were found in Kopu for the early and middle harvests but at the late harvest increasing winter larval densities had a negative impact on seed production The results indicate that the effect of clover root weevil larvae on second year clover seed crops may vary substantially between cultivars and may even be positive rather than negative




How to Cite

Gerard, P.J. “Relationship Between &lt;i&gt;Sitona lepidus&lt;/i&gt; Larval Numbers and White Clover Seed Production”. New Zealand Plant Protection 54 (August 1, 2001): 141–146. Accessed February 26, 2024.




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