Insects associated with Jatropha curcas Linn. (Euphorbiaceae) in West Niger

Zakari Abdoul Habou, Toudou Adam, Eric Haubruge, Guy Mergeai, François J. Verheggen, John C Palumbo

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Jatropha curcas has been introduced into Niger since 2004 by International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). This plant is cultivated for its oil, which can be used as a Biofuel. Through direct and indirect insect collection methods, an inventory of the insect associated with J. curcas has been conducted in Western Niger during two rainy seasons (from June to October) in 2010 and 2011. We have identified insects belonging to the following families: Acrididae (Oedaleus senegalensis Krauss, Oedaleus nigeriensis Uvarov, Heteracris leani Uvarov, Catantops stramineus Walker, Parga cyanoptera Uvarov, and Acanthacris ruficor-nis citrina Audinet-Serville), Pyrgomorphidae (Poekilocerus bufonius hieroglyphicus Klug), Cetoniidae (Pachnoda interrupta Olivier, Pachnoda marginata aurantia Herbst, Pachnoda sinuata Heinrich and McClain, and Rhabdotis sobrina Gory and Percheron), Meloidae (Decapotoma lunata Pallas), Pentatomidae (Agonoscelis versicoloratus Dallas, Nezara viridula Linn, and Antestia sp. Kirkaldy), Coreidae (Leptoglossus membranaceus Fabricius and Cletus trigonus Thunberg), and Scutelleridae (Calidea panaethiopica Kirkaldy). Origin and potential impact on J. curcas of all these insect species are presented and discussed. The lower insect's diversity indexes are observed in 2010 and 2011 for Niamey, Saga, and Gaya because of semi-arid character of the Sahelian area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberieu117
JournalJournal of Insect Science
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Jatropha
Euphorbiaceae
Niger
Pachnoda
Jatropha curcas
Insects
insects
Calidea
Poekilocerus
Cletus
Leptoglossus
Oedaleus
Oedaleus senegalensis
Pyrgomorphidae
Scutelleridae
Meloidae
insect collection
Nezara viridula
Coreidae
Acrididae

Keywords

  • Insect
  • Niger
  • Physic nut
  • Pourghère
  • Sahel area

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  • Medicine(all)
  • Insect Science

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Insects associated with Jatropha curcas Linn. (Euphorbiaceae) in West Niger. / Habou, Zakari Abdoul; Adam, Toudou; Haubruge, Eric; Mergeai, Guy; Verheggen, François J.; Palumbo, John C.

In: Journal of Insect Science, Vol. 14, No. 1, ieu117, 2014.

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Habou, Zakari Abdoul ; Adam, Toudou ; Haubruge, Eric ; Mergeai, Guy ; Verheggen, François J. ; Palumbo, John C. / Insects associated with Jatropha curcas Linn. (Euphorbiaceae) in West Niger. In: Journal of Insect Science. 2014 ; Vol. 14, No. 1.
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