Light intensity under canopy in three vegetation types in southern Cameroon

Anoplolepis tenella is an afrotropical ground-dwelling ant species with widespread distribution in the forest zones of Central Africa, where it is largely found in association the African root and tuber scale (ARTS) Stictococcus vayssierei Richard, an emerging pest of cassava in Central Africa. A major effort is presently underway to identify factors that affect ARTS abundance, and to develop sustainable practices for its management on cassava and other affected food crops. While the nature of the interactions between A. tenella and ARTS is not well understood, present evidence supports the hypothesis that the scale needs the ant to remove its honeydew secretions, otherwise the scale would drown in its own secretions; and most likely to move crawlers within and between plants. As ARTS cannot survive without A. tenella, management options that disrupt scale-ant association would be most effective in controlling damaging scale populations. Such efforts, however, require solid and sufficient understanding of the biology and ecology of A. tenella and its impact on ARTS life cycle and ecology.

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Creator Fotso Kuate, Apollin
Creator Affiliation International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Creator ID Type ORCID
Creator ID 0000-0002-5247-7519
Subject Vocab (AGROVOC/GACS/CAB) Vegetation,Entomology,Fallow,Forest,Environment,Climatic factors,Light,Cassava
Subject(s) Anoplolepis tenella,Stictococcus vayssierei
Publisher International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Contributor Person Rachid Hanna, Armand Doumtsop, Maurice Tindo, Peter Nagel
Contributor Role Supervisor
Contributor Project Lead Organisation Center International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Contributor Project Lead Center International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Contributor CRP CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Banana(RTB)
Contributor Partner Not applicable
Contributor Donor ZIL
Contributor Project Towards the development of sustainable control options for the African root and tuber scale on cassava in CA - Understanding the biology and ecology of the tending ant Anoploloepis tenella
Project ID PJ-000347
Contributor Affiliation International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Open-Access status Open Access
Production Date 2020-12-02
Embargo End Date 2022-12-03
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File Format csv
Identifier Type DOI
Identifier https://doi.org/10.25502/h9jm-sx36/d
Identifier Citation Fotso Kuate, A. Hanna, R., Doumtsop, A., Tindo, M. Nagel, P.2020. Light intensity under canopy in three vegetation types in southern Cameroon.
Source Towards the development of sustainable control options for the African root and tuber scale on cassava in CA - Understanding the biology and ecology of the tending ant Anoploloepis tenella
Language English
Relation Not applicable
Agroecological Zone Humid warm tropics
Coverage Region Central Africa
Coverage country Cameroon
Coverage Admin Unit Not applicable
Coverage Y (Latitude) 3.8396
Coverage X (Longitude) 10.7
Coverage Start Date 2008-01-22
Coverage End Date 2008-01-22
Contact Fotso Kuate, Apollin; Visiting Scientist, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Contact Email a.fotso@cgiar.org
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