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Acta Biologica Cracoviensia s. Botanica

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Relationship Between Aphid Infestation and Chlorophyll Content in Fabaceae Species

Sylwia Goławska1 / Robert Krzyżanowski1 / Iwona Łukasik1

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Natural Sciences and Humanities in Siedlce, Prusa 12, 08-110 Siedlce, Poland1

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Citation Information: Acta Biologica Cracoviensia Series Botanica. Volume 52, Issue 2, Pages 76–80, ISSN (Online) 1898-0295, ISSN (Print) 0001-5296, DOI: 10.2478/v10182-010-0026-4, February 2011

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Relationship Between Aphid Infestation and Chlorophyll Content in Fabaceae Species

We determined the chlorophyll a and b levels (SPAD readings) in uninfested leaves and in leaves after 7 and 17 days of aphid infestation in four Fabaceae species (Pisum sativum L., Vicia faba L., Trifolium pretense L, Medicago sativa L.). Feeding by pea aphids Acyrthosiphon pisum Harris (Hemiptera: Aphididae) caused significant loss of chlorophyll a and b in the infested plants. Uninfested leaves on both short- and long-infestation plants had significantly higher chlorophyll a and b than infested leaves.

Keywords: chlorophyll a+b; Fabaceae; Acyrthosiphon pisum; SPAD values

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