Potato leafhopper (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) ecology and integrated pest management focused on alfalfa

Elissa M. Chasen, Christopher Dietrich, Elaine A. Backus, Eileen M. Cullen

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This article summarizes the knowledge to date on biology of the potato leafhopper, Empoasca fabae (Harris), including its distribution, development, migration, agricultural host plants, and mechanics of injury to host plants. Damage to alfalfa, potatoes, soybeans, and snap beans, and treatment guidelines, are summarized. Particular attention is given to integrated pest management options in alfalfa, the host plant most frequently incurring economically damaging populations of potato leafhopper. Alfalfa scouting and economic thresholds are discussed along with cultural controls and host plant resistance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberA1
JournalJournal of Integrated Pest Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2014


  • Economic threshold
  • Host plant resistance
  • Integrated pest management
  • Migration
  • Potato leafhopper

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Plant Science
  • Insect Science
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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