Plant Resistance as a Fundamental Component of Pest Management in Louisiana Rice

By Lina Bernaola, Maisarah Mohamad Saad, James Villegas, Emily Kraus and Michael Stout, LSU AgCenter

In Louisiana rice, varietal resistance has the potential to be incorporated into integrated pest management programs for the rice water weevil and stem borers. The rice water weevil is a significant economic pest in Louisiana. This pest interferes with rice production by feeding on the roots of flooded rice plants.