A Report on the occurrence of invasive papaya mealybug, Paracoccus marginatus Williams & Granara de Willink (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) on a medicinal herb, Gymnema sylvestre (R.Br) in Gujarat, India

K.T. SHIVKUMAR, SUNIL JOSHI, T VENKATESAN, N PRADEEKSHA, C POLAIAH, P MANIVEL

Abstract


This paper reports the occurrence of invasive papaya mealybug, Paracoccus marginatus Williams & Granara de Willink (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) on a medicinal herb, Gymnema sylvestre (R.Br) in Gujarat, India. Considering the invasive nature of the pest, a strict monitoring and management with biocontrol agents is advocated.


Keywords


Papaya mealybug, medicinal plant, Gymnema sylvestre, Gujarat

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