Susceptibility status of sunflower hybrids against whitefly, Jassid and head moth under natural field conditions in Pakistan
Muhammad Zubair, Siraj Ahmed, Sikandar Ali Cheema, Muhammad Rizwan Bashir, Naeem Arshad Maan, Asad Aslam, Muhammad Kamil Malik
Insect pests are tremendously decreasing the yield of sunflower so the current research was conducted to screen the sunflower hybrid against insect pests under natural field conditions at Oilseeds Research Institute, AARI Faisalabad, Pakistan. Nineteen sunflower hybrids were screened to evaluate their susceptibility to major insect pests during the year 2017 with three replications by adopting Randomized Complete Block Design (RCBD) at experimental research area of Institute. Results represent that screened sunflower hybrids showed significant variation regarding the insect susceptibility. It is concluded that sunflower hybrids namely, FH-666 and FH-675 expressed resistant response against whitefly and head moth. Potential of these hybrids is further needed to be explored to make them resistant against Jassid and strengthen their existing resistance capability against Whitefly and Head Moth.