VOLUME 10 NUMBER 2 (July to December 2017)


Philipp. Sci. Lett. 2017 10 (2) 119-120
available online: November 28, 2017

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Plants fight back

by Luis Wilfrido Atienza

Cutworms (Spodoptera litura) are common garden and farm pests that feed on many different types of crop, including corn, potato, tomato, and rice. They typically feed on the leaves of seedlings and the tender stems of younger plants. They eat plant matter close to the ground and can eat through enough of the stem of a plant that they cut the plant down. In rice they mainly feed on leaves, although more mature cutworms can consume entire rice plants.

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