Mukesh K. Dhillon

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The ability to store different insect stadia for prolonged periods provides considerable flexibility and ability to conduct experiments properly. Therefore, studies were undertaken to determine the effect of storage temperature and duration on viability of eggs of Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner). The percentage egg hatch and incubation period were(More)
Atherigona soccata (Rondani) (Diptera: Muscidae) is one of the most important pests of sorghum, Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench, in Asia, Africa, and the Mediterranean Europe. Exploitation of cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) for hybrid production has resulted in considerable narrowing of the genetic base and may increase the vulnerability of this crop to insect(More)
To understand the influence of temperature on host–parasitoid interactions as a consequence of climatic change, we studied development, survival, and fecundity of field and laboratory strains of the Helicoverpa armigera larval endoparasitoid, Campoletis chlorideae at five different temperatures under laboratory conditions. Post-embryonic development period(More)
The noctuid Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner) is a major insect pest of chickpea Cicer arietinum L., pigeonpea Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp., peanut Arachis hypogaea L., and cotton Gossypium spp., and host plant resistance is an important component for managing this pest in different crops. Because of variations in insect density and staggered flowering of the(More)
A.H. Paterson (ed.), Genomics of the Saccharinae, Plant Genetics and Genomics: Crops and Models 11, DOI 10.1007/978-1-4419-5947-8_16, © Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013 Abstract Sustainable production of sorghum, Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench, depends on effective control of insect pests as they continue to compete with humans for the sorghum(More)
The effectiveness of commercial Bt-cotton in pest management, influence on arthropod diversity, natural enemies, and toxin flow in the insect fauna under field conditions were studied keeping in view the need to assess bioefficacy and biosafety of Bt-transgenic cotton. There were no significant differences in oviposition by Helicoverpa armigera on(More)
Variation in performance and abundance of herbivorous insects is attributed to variation in host plant quality, being determined by nutritional composition, allelochemistry and specific anatomical features. Present studies were undertaken to gain an understanding on the role of different biochemical factors in plant defense to Chilo partellus in diverse(More)
A common method for analysis of 17 amino acids from various insect species and plant parts was standardized using HPLC-PDA. Prior to hydrolysis, lyophilization of test samples was found indispensible to remove excess moisture, which interferes in hydrolysis and separation of amino acids. After the hydrolysis of plant and insect samples, 500 and 100 microL(More)
Adequate expression of Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) toxins and purity of seeds of Bt-transgenic cottons are important for controlling bollworms, and thereby increasing the cotton productivity. Therefore, we examined the variability in expression of Bt toxin proteins in the seeds and in leaves of different cotton (Gossypium hirsutum (L.) hybrids (JKCH 226,(More)
Amount of certain amino acids required by herbivores, and their availability in host plants are of crucial importance for insect growth, development, and life processes. Therefore, we carried out profiling and quantification of 17 amino acids in diverse sorghum genotypes, and on the Chilo partellus larvae reared on them, to understand the association and(More)