Updated Jun 14, 2019
Push-Pull for Stem Borer management in Maizeipmil.cired.vt.edu
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The Stem borer causes economic damage to maize.
Push-Pull manages stem borers in maize fields by planting Desmodium sp (Fabaceae) inside the field and Brachiaria sp. (Poaceae) outside the field. Desmodium sp. repels the stem borer moths and Brachiaria sp. attracts them. Eggs laid on Brachiaria hatch but the caterpillars do not feed and develop on this plant.