The effect of grazing by the slug Arion vulgaris, Arion rufus and Deroceras reticulatum (Gastropoda: Pulmonata: Stylommatophora) on leguminous plants and other small-area crops
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Institute of Plant Protection – National Research Institute Władysława Węgorka 20, 60-318 Poznań, Poland
Submission date: 2014-01-08
Acceptance date: 2014-07-24
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Jan Kozłowski
Institute of Plant Protection – National Research Institute Władysława Węgorka 20, 60-318 Poznań, Poland
Journal of Plant Protection Research 2014;54(3):258-266
Herbivorous slugs do significant damage to many species of crop plants. A laboratory study was conducted to determine the rate and extent of damage caused to 16 plant species by Arion vulgaris, Arion rufus, and Deroceras reticulatum. It was found, that levels of damage caused to young plants of Brassica napus, Sorghum bicolor, Vicia faba, and Sinapis alba by the slugs A. vulgaris, A. rufus, and D. reticulatum were similar, while levels of damage caused to the other studied plants by particular slug species differed significantly. Based on the results of the damage by the investigated slug species, plants were categorised as heavily or lightly damaged.
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