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Screening Soybean (<i>Glycine max</i> (L) Merril) lines for morphological resistance to the southern green stink bug, <i>Nezara viridula</i> (L) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae)

A Nomayanja
P Tukamuhubwa
S Kyamanywa


A study was carried out during the first and second seasonsofl997 at Namnlonge Agricultural and Animal Production Research Institute {NAAR I) to determine whether there were some soybean varieties in the  NAARI germplasm which were resistant to the southern green stink bug, Nezara viridula and to establish  the basis of morphological resistance to this stink bug. Some morphological characteristics ofthe soybean plant  were considered for the study. During the first season, the soybean genotypes NG ll-36/93A, NC J 1-9/93A and  NG2-19/92A '''ere significantly less infested by the stink bugs, while NG9-5/92A and NG I-23/92A were the  most infested. In the second season, the most infested genotypes were NG 1-28/92A and NG9-5/92A. The correlation coefficients between the stink bugs and the selected soybean morphological characteristics were very low but significant at P = 0.05. This suggested that the resistance observed was not only attributed to morphological factors, but to many other factors probably bio-chemical factors causing antibiosis.

Keywords: Soybean, Nezara viridula, resistance

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