Phil Busey Agronomy
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Publications list

Reinert, J. A., P. Busey, and F. Bilz.  1989.  Bermudagrass resistance to the tropical sod webworm (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae).  p. 325-327 in: Proc. Sixth Int. Turfgrass Res. Conf.


Thirty clonal selections of Bermudagrass, Cynodon spp., were exposed in field cages to adults of the tropical sod webworm, Herpetogramma phaeopteralis Guenee, in two experiments.  This webworm is a severe pest of turfgrasses in the lower Southeastern United States, especially Florida, and many islands of the Caribbean Archipelago.  Fewer larvae completed development to adults on PI-298750, PI-290884, PI-290899, PI-289931, 'Tuffy', 'Ormond', 'Tufcote', 'U-3' and 'Tiffine' relative to other commercial cultivars and genotypes.  Adult preference or larval antibiosis/tolerance was exhibited.  The four PIs exhibited cross resistance to the fall armyworm.