Successful management of mango mealy bug, Drosicha mangiferae by Photorhabdus luminescens, a symbiotic bacterium from entomopathogenic nematode Heterorhabditis indica

Sharad Mohan; Anil Sirohi; Gaur, H.S.

International Journal of Nematology 14(2): 195-198


Mango mealy bug, Drosicha mangiferae is a serious pest in fruit orchards. Non-availability of a suitable biological control agent and resistance to insecticides limits the management of bug infestation to cultural and mechanical methods. In vitro application of a formulation carrying Photorhabdus luminescens, symbiotic bacteria isolated from Heterorhabditis indica, IARI strain, @ 1.4x106 bacterial cells per ml gave significant control to second stage nymphs.