Tolerance to soil type of pink ground pearl Eumargarodes laingi Jakubski (Hemiptera: Margarodidae) on sugarcane

B.C. DominiakA, N.G. McGill, and P.G. Allsopp, Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations, PO Box 651, Bundaberg, Queensland 4670, Australia.

A Present address: NSW Agriculture, 161 Kite Street, Orange, New South Wales 2800, Australia.


A glasshouse pot trial evaluated the ability of the margarodid Eumargarodes laingi Jakubski to colonize sugarcane roots in six Bundaberg soil types. Soils from a sand to a clay supported pink ground pearls, but cyst numbers were significantly higher in silty clay loams. These findings have local quarantine implications used to minimize the spread of the pest.


Plant Protection Quarterly (1998) 13 (3) 143-144.