Volume 12 Part 2 Article 85 : Biology of Sciarid Fly, Bradysia tritici (Coq.) (Diptera: Sciaridae) on Temperate Mushroom in the Punjab (India)

Volume 12 Part 2 Article 85
Year 1989
Title: Biology of Sciarid Fly, Bradysia tritici (Coq.) (Diptera: Sciaridae) on Temperate Mushroom in the Punjab (India)
Authors: D.S. Brar and G.S. Sandhu

Abstract:

Mushrooms are an important table delicacy which contain virtually no fat and provide protein, valuable minerals, vitamins and flavour to the dishes. Growing of temperate mushroom, Agaricus bisporus (Lange) Sing., is fast spreading in the Punjab due to its increased demand, cheap and easy availability of the raw material. It is cultivated indoors from September to the first half of April without any heating or cooling arrangements. Of the various insect pests such as sciand fly [Bradysia tritici (Coq.)], phorid fly (Megaselia sandhui Disney) and spring tail (Seira iri-color Yosn and Ashraf) which have been recorded on mushrooms in the Punjab; sciand fly was serious and found infesting the mushrooms up to 66.7 percent (Sandhu and Brar 1980). The present studies were, therefore, planned to study the biology of this insect at Ludhiana (Punjab).

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