HPSI of date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) varieties/ genotypes against fruit borers, Batrachedra amydraula and Arenipses sabella in hot arid region

  • S M Haldhar College of Agriculture (CAU), Iroisemba, Imphal, Manipur–795004, India
  • R S Singh ICAR-Central Institute for Arid Horticulture, Sri Ganganagar Highway, Beechwal Industrial Area, Bikaner (Rajasthan) – 334006, India
  • D Singh ICAR-Central Institute for Arid Horticulture, Sri Ganganagar Highway, Beechwal Industrial Area, Bikaner (Rajasthan) – 334006, India


Host plant resistance is an important component for management of the fruit borers, Batrachedra amydraula and Arenipses sabella owing to difficulties associated with its chemical and biological control. A total of 32 date palm varieties/ genotypes were evaluated for screening against the fruit borers in hot arid region. The results showed that the percentage of fruit infestation of fruit borers, B. amydraula and A. sabella on tested varieties/ genotypes of datepalm varied significantly. Pooled data showed that the Migra, Tayer, Javantri and Medjool were found highly tolerant varieties/ genotypes with fruit infestation (5.32%, 8.40%, 8.40%, 8.78% of B. amydraula and 4.33%, 5.27%, 5.62%, 5.52% of A. sabella, respectively).  Whereas, the varieties/ genotypes Zahidi, Suriya, Khasab and Khuneizi had fruit infestation (29.88%, 28.33%, 28.27%, 27.05% of B. amydraula and 20.67%, 19.83%, 17.40%, 19.95% of A. sabella, respectively) and declared as highly infestation varieties/ genotypes  to the fruit borers. Lower values of host plant susceptibility indices based on fruit infestation (HPSI) were recorded on resistance varieties/ genotypes, Migra, Tayer, Javantri and Medjool (31.63%, 49.97%, 49.97%, 52.25% of B. amydraula and 40.16%, 48.81%, 52.05%, 51.13% of A. sabella, respectively) which could be used as a source of resistance for developing date palm varieties/ genotypes resistant to fruit borers.


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S M Haldhar, College of Agriculture (CAU), Iroisemba, Imphal, Manipur–795004, India

Department of Entomology


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How to Cite
HALDHAR, S M; SINGH, R S; SINGH, D. HPSI of date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) varieties/ genotypes against fruit borers, Batrachedra amydraula and Arenipses sabella in hot arid region. Journal of Agriculture and Ecology, [S.l.], v. 11, p. 26-36, june 2021. ISSN 2456-9410. Available at: <https://journals.saaer.org.in/index.php/jae/article/view/370>. Date accessed: 24 sep. 2021.
HPSI, differential susceptibility, date palm, Batrachedra amydraula, Arenipses sabella