Physiological Time Model for Predicting Adult Emergence of Western Corn Rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in the Texas High Plains

Department of Entomology, Texas Cooperative Extension, The Texas A&M University System, 115-A Agronomy Field Laboratory, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-2488, USA.
Journal of Economic Entomology (Impact Factor: 1.51). 11/2008; 101(5):1584-93. DOI: 10.1603/0022-0493(2008)101[1584:PTMFPA]2.0.CO;2
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Field observations at three locations in the Texas High Plains were used to develop and validate a degree-day phenology model to predict the onset and proportional emergence of adult Diabrotica virgifera virgifera LeConte (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) adults. Climatic data from the Texas High Plains Potential Evapotranspiration network were used with records of cumulative proportional adult emergence to determine the functional lower developmental temperature, optimum starting date, and the sum of degree-days for phenological events from onset to 99% adult emergence. The model base temperature, 10 degrees C (50 degrees F), corresponds closely to known physiological lower limits for development. The model uses a modified Gompertz equation, y = 96.5 x exp (-(exp(6.0 - 0.00404 x (x - 4.0), where x is cumulative heat (degree-days), to predict y, cumulative proportional emergence expressed as a percentage. The model starts degree-day accumulation on the date of corn, Zea mays L., emergence, and predictions correspond closely to corn phenological stages from tasseling to black layer development. Validation shows the model predicts cumulative proportional adult emergence within a satisfactory interval of 4.5 d. The model is flexible enough to accommodate early planting, late emergence, and the effects of drought and heat stress. The model provides corn producers ample lead time to anticipate and implement adult control practices.

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    • "The rate of development of codling moth is governed by environmental temperature (Rock and Shaffer, 1983;Ranjbar Aghdam et al., 2009). The concept of using heat unit accumulation or degree days to explain codling moth activity originated in to develop from one point to another in its life cycle is called physiological time and is calculated as degree-days (DD) or more precisely based on degree-hours (DH) unit (Roltsch et al., 1999;Howell and Neven, 2000;Stevenson et al., 2008). Many mathematical methods are developed to estimate more precisely growing degree days (GDD) or growing degree hours (GDH) (Roltsch et al., 1999). "
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