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Abstract

Entomofauna of vegetable crops in Lower Casamance (Senegal): updating.

Abstract

With the development of new vegetable production areas and the establishment of modern farms, vegetable cropping has become an income generating activity in Lower Casamance. However, insect pests and mites hinder the production due to their great damage to the crops. Research studies on the entomofauna of vegetable crops in Lower Casamance are very few and the most recent date back over two decades. The purpose of this updating is to provide a baseline condition for better pest management strategies. The survey, conducted over a year, led to the prospection of four vegetable families which are Solanaceae, Cucurbitaceae, Brassicaceae and Malvaceae. As a result of this study, 38 genera including 35 species of insect pests belonging to 17 families were recorded. The study also made it possible to identify 13 genera and 11 species of beneficial insects belonging to 9 different families. This result is a first step in setting up a database that can serve as a baseline support decision-making for a better control of pest populations.