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Abstract

Effect of infestation of Nipaecoccus vastator (Maskell) on host plants.

Abstract

The artificial infestation of cotton, citrus, jute, jack fruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) and bhant (Clerodendrum infortunatum) (apparently the original wild food-plant of the pest in West Bengal, India) with Nipaecoccus vastator resulted, in general, in arrestment of linear growth of the stems and petioles and great reduction and crumpling of the leaves. Histological changes in infested laminae included abnormal dimensions in different cells and an increase in the size and density of stomata.