Journal article

Factors Influencing Damage by the Portuguese Millipede, Ommatoiulus moreleti (Julida: Julidae), to Crop Seedlings

Josh Douglas, Ary Hoffmann, Paul Umina, Sarina Macfadyen

Journal of Economic Entomology | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2019


In different parts of the world, the increasing agricultural practice of retaining crop stubble in fields across seasons has led to population increases of soil-dwelling arthropods, primarily detritivorous species. These species typically play a beneficial role in the ecosystem, but some, including the Portuguese millipede (Ommatoiulus moreleti (Lucas)) can be sporadic pests. To assist in better understanding of pest risk, this study examines why O. moreleti feeds on crop seedlings. For lupin, seedling susceptibility appears to be related to plant properties, with greatly different levels of damage caused to the two cultivated species (Lupinus angustinus and Lupinus albus) and particularly b..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank Cameron Patrick for statistical advice and the Australian Grains Genebank, Baker Seeds and Heritage Seeds for providing seeds. This research was funded by the Grains Research Development Corporation (GRDC) and the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).