Evaluation of resistance of cucumber cultivars to the vegetable leafminer (Liriomyza sativae Blanchard) (Diptera: Agromyzidae) in greenhouse

Moslem Basij1*, Alireza Askarianzaeh1, Shahriyar Asgari2, Saeid Moharramipou3, and Ramin Rafezi2

The leafminer, Liriomyza sativae Blanchard, is distributed around the world and is an important pest of vegetables and ornamentals. Given the resistance potential of the leafminer to current insecticides, the use of resistant plant cultivars and parasitoids could be effective integrated pest management (IPM) strategies against it. Cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) is a preferred host for this insect. Seventeen cultivars of cucumber have been evaluated to study resistance mechanisms to L. sativae. All cucumber cultivars were evaluated in screening tests in greenhouse with indices such as the number of leafminer stings, the number of larval mines, the proportion of larval mines to leafminer stings, and the rate of injury. Significant differences (p < 0.01) were found among cultivars, as well as significant correlations among all evaluated indices. Cucumber cultivars were ranked by the cluster method based on all measured characters and were classified into four groups: susceptible, semi-susceptible, semi-resistant, and resistant. Trials of antibiosis resistance of cucumber cultivars were conducted in a growth chamber and were evaluated with biological indices of insect activity including oviposition period, larval and pupal duration, percentage of larval and pupal mortality, and the sex ratio among selected cultivars. Significant differences were found for all indices except pupal weight and the sex ratio. The cultivars were analyzed by the cluster method based on all measured characters and were divided into three groups including sensitive, slightly resistant, and semi-resistant. No cultivar was immune to injury.

Keywords: Cucumber cultivar, screening, antibiosis, Cucumis sativus.
1Shahed University, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, P.O. Box: 18151/159 Tehran, Iran. *Corresponding author (moslembasij@yahoo.com).
2Agricultural and Natural Resources Research Center of Tehran Province, Postal Code: 3371635951 Tehran, Iran.
3Tarbiat Modares University, Faculty of Agriculture, P.O. Box: 14115-111, Tehran, Iran.