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Nature of damage of Rice Gandhi bug

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1. Both adults and nymphs do the damage. The nymphs start feeding 3 to 4 hours after hatching.

2. They feed on the leaf sap near the tip/ on milky sap in developing spikelets at milky stage. Sucking of the milky sap causes ill-filled/ partial filled and chaffy grains.

3. Serious infestation can reduce the yield by 50%. The straw gives off-flavour that is unattractive to cattle.

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BAU Ranchi
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