Inhibition of Seed Germination by Extracts of Bitter Hawkesbury Watermelon Containing Cucurbitacin, a Feeding Stimulant for Corn Rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)

@inproceedings{Martin2003InhibitionOS,
  title={Inhibition of Seed Germination by Extracts of Bitter Hawkesbury Watermelon Containing Cucurbitacin, a Feeding Stimulant for Corn Rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)},
  author={Phyllis A. W. Martin and Michael Blackburn},
  year={2003}
}
Abstract Cucurbitacins are feeding stimulants for corn rootworm used in baits to control the adults of this insect pest. Corn rootworm larvae also feed compulsively on cucurbitacins. Cucurbitacins are reported to be gibberellin antagonists that may preclude their use as seed treatments for these soil-dwelling insects. The crude extract of a bitter Hawkesbury watermelon containing cucurbitacin E-glycoside significantly inhibited germination of watermelon, squash, and tomato seeds. Although the… CONTINUE READING

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