Evaluation of host testing by comparing ingestion and settling behaviours


  • W.R.M. Sandanayaka
  • N.E.M. Page-Weir




The electrical penetration graph (EPG) technique is being developed for rapid assessment of host range of potential xylem feeding invaders in New Zealand Stylet penetration behaviours of adult spittle bug Carystoterpa fingens were monitored for 12 h on grape lemon apple and kiwifruit plants using EPG A multiplechoice test of all four plant species was conducted concurrently with the EPG tests for comparison In EPG tests the longest probing and ingestion periods were recorded on grape and lemon while the shortest probing and ingestion periods were recorded on apple Results for kiwifruit were intermediate and not significantly different from the other plant types In the multiplechoice tests more insects were found on grape and lemon than on apple and kiwifruit The similar ranking of the host plants in both multiplechoice and EPG tests suggests that EPG is a valid tool for rapidly assessing host feeding acceptance and preference




How to Cite

Sandanayaka, W.R.M., and N.E.M. Page-Weir. “Evaluation of Host Testing by Comparing Ingestion and Settling Behaviours”. New Zealand Plant Protection 62 (August 1, 2009): 191–196. Accessed December 2, 2021. https://journal.nzpps.org/index.php/nzpp/article/view/4777.




Most read articles by the same author(s)

1 2 3 4 > >>