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EMERGENT LIFE SCIENCES RESEARCH - Vol 4, Issue 1, Published on 30, June 2018

Pages: 15-18
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Saissetia coffeae (Walker) (Coccidae: Hemiptera) infestation on Meyna spinosa Roxb. ex Link-a new host plant and sap-sucker (pest) record from Assam, India

Author: Ankur Jyoti Saikia, Vipin Parkash, Kalyan Das, Pallwabee Duarah

Category: Short Communication


The hemispherical scale insect Saissetia coffeae (Walker) is reported for the first time from Assam, India infesting one-year old Meyna spinosa Roxb. ex Link (Rubiaceae) seedlings in nursery conditions. The host plant is attributed with medicinal properties amongst the inhabitants of the region; although occurring mostly as scanty populations in the wild, probably a cause of pest infestations.

Keywords: medicinal plants pests, new record; polyphagy, sap sucker, scale insect