Ten cottonwood varieties from three different sources were established to examine viability, growth, and response to insect pests, particularly the cottonwood leaf beetle, in a flood plain biomass production system. We have assessed insect damage and quantified pest and beneficial insect communities on the cottonwood varieties. Further data on insect damage was obtained from laboratory choice tests involving the cottonwood leaf beetle. An outbreak of the poplar petiole gall aphid was examined, as well. Several cottonwood varieties have potential for biomass production in flood plains in the Mid-west.
Species 1: Coleoptera Chrysomelidae Chrysomela scripta (cottonwood leaf beetle)
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