Fiber Quality Studies with Respect to Different Cotton Insect Pests using Multivariate Analysis
Ghulam Sarwar1*, Muhammad Rizwan1, Jehanzeb Farooq1, Muhammad Farooq1,2, Hafiz Ghazanfar Abbas1, Farrukh Ilahi1 and Muhammad Asif1
Fifteen cotton genotypes were exploited to study the impact of insect pests on different fiber quality traits. The ANOVA results depicted considerable variation in almost all traits. Fiber length was greatly influenced by the population of thrips, jassid, whitefly, pink bollworm and dusky cotton bug. Fiber fineness was influenced by the population of jassid, pink bollworm and dusky cotton bug while fiber strength was slightly affected by the population of thrips. The advance lines of cotton viz. FH-404, FH-490, FH-152, FH-450, FH-457 and FH-313 having tolerance against insect pests, showed good fiber quality traits. To determine effective management approaches, additional work can be performed to recognize the impact of pests species on fiber quality by controlling certain pests.