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Aphids in Chickpea

Aphids on the pods Damage symptoms :
  • Feed on stems, leaflets and pods.

  • Plants wilt when large colonies are built.

  • Small reddish brown (yellow in kabuli types) leaflets and stunted plants due to stunt viral disease transmitted by aphids.

Description :

  • Aphis craccivora (1.6 mm long) is a black shiny aphid while A.pisum (2mm long) is grey-green.

  • Winged parthenogenetic females are carried by the wind.

Aphids on the pods
Aphids on leaflets and stem
Aphids on leaflets and stem

Control :

  • Seldom numerous enough to merit control measures.

  • Several resistant genotypes are available.

  • Use of resistant cultivars.

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