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Hoppers (Idioscoynio chypeabis, I. nitidulus and Amritodus atkinsoni)

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Three species of hoppers Idioscoynio chypeabis, I. nitidulus and Amritodus atkinsoni are the most important and found on panicles, leaves and stems, respectively.  The adult and nymphs of hoppers, suck the sap from tender parts resulting in reduction of vigoure.  Heavy infestation causes curling and drying of infested parts.  Inflorescence infestation results in complete loss of crop.  The hoppers after sucking, excretes sweet sticky substance which facilitate the development of fungi, Maliola and Capnodium spp., commonly known as sooty mould which gives black look to the trees and affects photosynthetic activity. Hoppers are present round the year in the orchard but population used to be high during February to April and June to August.