Photosynthesis response of ‘carolina’ cucumber to simulated and actual striped cucumber beetle (coleoptera: Chrysomeli-dae) defoliation*

Eric C. Burkness, William D. Hutchison, Leon G. Higley

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Abstract Field studies were conducted in 1995 to compare the photosynthesis response between simulated striped cucumber beetle, Acalymma vittatum (F.), defoliation and actual A. vittatum defoliation in ‘Carolina’ cucumber. Six simulated defoliation levels (0%–100%)were used over 5 timings of defoliation (first true leaf to harvest). Plots were defoliated with scissors twice each week throughout each timing interval, and defined as continuous defoliation. In addition to continuous defoliation, one-time simulated defoliation treatments were imposed using the same timing treatments but only 4 defoliation levels (0, 25, 50, and 100%). Two cage studies, with A. vittatum adults, were used to provide estimates of actual insect defoliation injury. Beetles were placed in cages for 2 weeks at densities of 0, 1, 3, 5, and 10/plant and net photosynthetic rates were measured. No significant differences (P <0. 05 were detected in pho-tosynthetic rates between simulated and actual insect defoliation treatments. Also, few significant differences in photosynthetic rates were detected between damaged and undamaged leaves in the simulated insect defoliation study. Results indicated that the simulated insect defoliation procedure appeared to accurately reflect the growth response of ‘Carolina’ cucumber subjected to actual A. vittatum defoliation, and that simulated defoliation results should be appropriate for developing economic injury levels for A. vittatum on cucumber.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-38
Number of pages10
JournalInsect Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1999


  • Acalymma vittatum
  • Chrysomelidae
  • Coleoptera
  • Integrated pest management
  • Photosynthesis
  • Simulated insect injury


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