1st Edition

The Peach Potato Aphid (Myzus persicae) Ecology and Management

By Jamin Ali Copyright 2024
    132 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Considered as economically significant pests with worldwide distribution, aphids feed on hundreds of cultivated and ornamental plants and cause considerable economic loss on a global scale.

    The peach-potato aphid, Myzus persicae, is one of the most severe model aphid pests and successfully colonizes hundreds of plant species from 40 different families. It is a complex aphid pest known for its high reproductive rate, biotype formation, suppression of plant defenses, and wide range of host plants. This book covers ecological aspects - including life cycle, damage, and host range - which make aphids an economically important pest. A wide range of topics are covered, including ecological aspects of M. persicae; challenges with management approaches; damage; suppression of plant defenses; evolution; the mechanism of resistance against major classes of insecticides; the potential of biological control and natural plant-derived compounds (plant defense elicitors) as an alternative to the use of synthetic chemical insecticides to control M. persicae; and integrated pest management for M. persicae. As the peach-potato aphid is a model aphid pest, studying it helps to develop control strategies against the entire group of aphids.

    Written for professionals, as well as students, teachers, and researchers in the fields of entomology, ecology, and bioscience, this book is an enriching new addition to its field.

    Aphid as a crop pest. Introduction. Economic importance. Ecology. Damage. Aphid plant interaction. Management practices. Aphid species of most agriculture importance. Conclusion. Peach-potato aphid Myzus persicae: General Introduction. Introduction. Life cycle. Distribution. Host plant. Damage. Feeding. Polymorphism and host alternation. Conclusion. Peach potato aphid Myzus persicae: Economic Importance and Traits Influence the Control Strategies. Introduction. Economic importance of potato-peach aphid. Traits influencing the control strategies. Conclusion. Peach potato aphid Myzus persicae: Current Management Practices, Challenges and Proposed Solution. Introduction. Current management practices. Challenges with current management practices. Proposed solutions. Conclusion. Successful examples. Introduction. Resistant plant varieties. Induced plant defence. Intercropping. A proposed IPM for Myzus persicae. Conclusion. Wild ancestors of potato as potential sources of resistance against aphid Myzus persicae. Introduction. Aims and objective. Aphid performance bioassay. Air entrainment. Behavioural bioassay. Volatile analysis. Discussion. Natural compound as a defence elicitor against Peach-potato aphid Myzus persicae. Introduction. Aims and Objective. Effect of CJ treatment on aphid performance. Effect of CJ treatment on parasitoid performance. Effect of CJ treatment on volatile emission.


    Dr. Jamin Ali is an applied insect chemical ecologist whose expertise lies at the interface of ecology, biology, chemistry and focuses on using insect and plant derived semiochemicals to develop novel tools for sustainable management of phytophagous insect pests in global agricultural environments. Dr. Ali recently completed his PhD from Keele University, UK. Before this, he has completed his master’s degree in Zoology (Entomology) from Aligarh Muslim University, India. He has successfully qualified for several national level competitive such as CSIR-UCGC Junior Research Fellowship, GATE and awarded with international National Overseas Scholarship and Türkiye Burslary Research scholarship program. Dr Ali has an excellent record of publications published in top notch journals and presented his research work at national and international conferences and serving as a reviewer for a few international journals.