Efficacy of basil-cabbage intercropping to control insect pests in Benin, West Africa

Yarou Boni Barthélémy, Assogba Komlan Françoise, Tossou Eric, Mensah Armel, Simon Serge, Verhaegen Daniel, Francis François. 2017. Efficacy of basil-cabbage intercropping to control insect pests in Benin, West Africa. Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences, 82 (2) : pp. 157-166.

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Abstract : Cabbage (Brassica oleracea L.) is a common vegetable whose production is severely limited by insect pest pressure in Western Africa. This study was conducted during the dry and rainy season in south Benin to evaluate the potential of tropical basil (Ocimum gratissimum L.) for repelling cabbage pests (Hellula undalis Fabricius, Plutella xylostella L. and Spodoptera littoralis Boisduval). In a complete randomized block design with four replicates, the insect infestation was compared between three association modalities: (i) cabbage intercropped with tropical basil, (ii) cabbage plots surrounded by tropical basil and (iii) control (no basil in the cabbage area). The presence of tropical basil near cabbage plots significantly reduced insect pest abundance on cabbage. Damages were also less important on cabbage intercropped with tropical basil. Among both intercropping modalities, alternate rows showed the best results in terms of reducing pest populations and damages than compared to cabbage plots surrounded by tropical basil. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Brassica oleracea, Culture intercalaire, Ocimum, Gestion intégrée des ravageurs, Lepidoptera, Méthode de lutte, Lutte biologique, Hellula undalis, Plutella xylostella, Spodoptera littoralis, Expérimentation au champ

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Bénin

Mots-clés complémentaires : Ocimum gratissimum, Plante de services

Mots-clés libres : Brassica oleracea, Intercropping system, Lepidopteran, Ocimum gratissimum, Repellent plants, Sustainable pest management

Classification Agris : H10 - Pests of plants
F08 - Cropping patterns and systems

Axe stratégique Cirad : Axe 4 (2014-2018) - Santé des animaux et des plantes

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Yarou Boni Barthélémy, Université de Liège (BEL)
  • Assogba Komlan Françoise, INRAB (BEN)
  • Tossou Eric, IITA (BEN)
  • Mensah Armel, INRAB (BEN)
  • Simon Serge, CIRAD-PERSYST-UPR HortSys (SEN) ORCID: 0000-0001-8811-7809
  • Verhaegen Daniel, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR AGAP (MDG)
  • Francis François, Université de Liège (BEL)

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