Millipedes can cause considerable damage in the production of sweet potato and some other crops in East Africa. Quantitative information on intake of crop diets by and body weight gain of millipedes was collected in short-term no-choice feeding activity laboratory experiments conducted in north-eastern Uganda using female millipedes of the species Omopyge sudanica. The research showed how difficult it is to obtain reliable, quantitative data on the feeding habits of millipedes, but also illustrated that O. sudanica can cause harm to crops in north-eastern Uganda and elsewhere in East African feeding activity.
Diets consisted of sweet potato and cassava storage root material, groundnut seeds, or maize grains. Differences in intake and body weight gain between diets were not statistically different. The consumption index, i.e., the ratio between intake and body weight gain, was significantly higher for sweet potato than for most other diets. The efficiency of conversion of ingested food, i.e., 100 ∑ the ratio between body weight gain and intake, was significantly lower for the root crops – especially sweet potato – than for the grain crops.
Authors: Ernst Ebregt, P.C. Struik, Erna Abidin, Benson Odongo, Ernst Ebregt, P.C. Struik, Erna Abidin, Benson Odongo
Subjects: Crop Management
Publisher: NJAS-Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences
Publication Date: December2006
HOW TO CITE
Ebregt, E., P. C. Struik, P. E. Abidin, and B. Odongo. "Feeding activity of the East African millipede Omopyge sudanica Kraus on different crop products in laboratory experiments." NJAS-Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences 54, no. 3 (2007): 313-323.