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Variation in Susceptibility to Potato Psyllid, Bactericera cockerelli (Hemiptera: Triozidae), among Solanum verrucosum Germplasm Accessions

W. Rodney Cooper, John B. Bamberg
American journal of potato research 2016 v.93 no.4 pp. 386-391
Bactericera cockerelli, Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum, Solanum tuberosum, Solanum verrucosum, Triozidae, cost effectiveness, cultivars, genetic resistance, germplasm, insecticides, pathogens, pest control, pest resistance, pests, potatoes, zebra chip disease
Potato psyllid, Bactericera cockerelli (Šulc) (Hemiptera: Triozidae), is a key pest of potato and the vector of “Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum,” the pathogen associated with zebra chip disease. Development of potato cultivars with genetic resistance to potato psyllid would enable cost-effective control of this pest with reduced use of insecticides. To facilitate the development of resistant cultivars, the objective of our study was to screen germplasm accessions of Solanum verrucosum for resistance to potato psyllid. The susceptibility of S. verrucosum germplasm accessions to potato psyllid was highly variable in choice prescreening assays and no-choice performance assays. Compared with the susceptible potato cultivar, ‘Russet Burbank,’ several S. verrucosum populations exhibited strong resistance to potato psyllid. The S. verrucosum accession, PI 195170 was highly resistant to potato psyllid, and is a potential source of genetic resistance for the development of resistant potato cultivars.