Studies on the feeding of Myzus persicae (Sulz.) on radioactive plants

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Watson, M. A. and Nixon, H. L. 1953. Studies on the feeding of Myzus persicae (Sulz.) on radioactive plants. Annals of Applied Biology - AAB. 40 (3), pp. 537-545.

AuthorsWatson, M. A. and Nixon, H. L.

Adult apterae of Myzus persicae (Sulz.), were fed, after a period of fasting, on leaves containing radioactive phosphorus. The weight of sap imbibed by the aphids after varying feeding times was estimated by relating their radioactivity, at the end of each feeding period, to the activity per unit fresh weight of the leaf lamina on which they fed. The calculations were made on the assumption that 32P is uniformly distributed in the leaf tissues.

The mean rates of uptake so estimated were about 10 μg. of sap for the first hour of feeding; 40 μg/hr. between 1 and 4 hr. feeding, and 17 μg./hr. between 6 and 24 hr. feeding. The decrease in apparent rate of uptake with the longer feeding times is attributed to loss of 32P in nymphs born during the feeding period.

When aphids were fed on seedlings raised in water culture solution containing 32P no activity was detected after 5 min. feeding and an insignificant fraction after 15 min., but when the isotope was introduced by immersing the leaves for several days in the culture solution, aphids fed for 5 and 15 min. became appreciably active.

The increase in rate of uptake after 1 hr. of feeding indicates that aphids do not start to feed normally until they reach the phloem, but the activity after short feeding times suggests that previously starved aphids feed to some extent on other tissues, possibly only on the epidermis.

Year of Publication1953
JournalAnnals of Applied Biology - AAB
Journal citation40 (3), pp. 537-545
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Print01 Sep 1953
Online26 Feb 2008
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