Journal of
Plant Breeding and Crop Science

  • Abbreviation: J. Plant Breed. Crop Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9758
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPBCS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 419

Full Length Research Paper

Varietal screening for resistance against field and storage crop pests: An implication for Ethiopian crop variety development

Muez Berhe Gebremdein
  • Muez Berhe Gebremdein
  • Tigray Agricultural Research Institute (TARI); Humera Agricultural Research Center (HuARC); Ethiopia.
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  •  Received: 03 March 2018
  •  Accepted: 11 May 2018
  •  Published: 31 August 2018


Food security in developing countries like Ethiopia has been a challenge for many years due to pre and post-harvest losses of agricultural products which are caused by different biotic and abiotic factors.  Grain losses from pest infestation prior to harvest and during storage are a serious problem, particularly in developing countries like Ethiopia. More than 70% insect pests have been identified; they attack stored grains among which beetles and moths are the most important. The overall quantitative and qualitative damages caused by these insect pests are estimated at 30 to 40% annually. To minimize these damages, development of less susceptible germplasms, cultivars and varieties which are an eco-friendly and economically feasible management options has been encouraged by many scholars since the development of modern breeding technologies. Thus, resistant varieties can have a tremendous impact on sustainable crop production to ensure future food security. This paper provides a comprehensive literature review of varietal screening research for field and storage pests associated with the major food and export crops with particular emphasis on Ethiopia.

Key words: Insect, screening, biotic stress, breeding, grain pests.