Tag: biological control

Isolation of Serratia marcescens involved in chitin degradation in the bulb mite Rhizoglyphus robini

There is an increasing awareness of the importance of the microbiome of arthropods to understand their host’s biology. In the bulb mite, Rhizoglyphus robini, associated bacteria have been found to be involved in its chitinolytic abilities. The bulb mite, a plant pest feeding on below- ground parts of mostly Liliaceae crops, prefers fungus- infested plants.…

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The importance of landscape and spatial structure for hymenopteran-based food-webs in an agro-ecosystem

1. Understanding the environmental factors that structure biodiversity and food webs among communities is central to assess and mitigate the impact of landscape changes. 2. Wildflower strips are ecological compensation areas established in farmland to increase pollination services and biological control of crop pests and to conserve insect diversity. They are arranged in networks in order to favour…

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Symbiontes et arthropodes – quelles implications pour la lutte biologique?

Une version vulgarisée (en français AFS_01_13_F_Aebi et en allemand AFS_02_13_D_Aebi) d’un article paru dans le Journal of Applied Ecology, publiée dans Recherche Agronomique Suisse. Zindel R, Gottlieb Y, Aebi A. (2011) Arthropod symbiosis, a neglected parameter in pest and disease control programs. Journal of Applied Ecology 48: 864–872

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“Cinipide, la lotta biologica funziona” by Luca Berti, in La Regione Ticino

Torymus sinensis, a chinese hymenopteran parasitoid is considered as the only antagonist of the chestnut gall wasp Dryocosmus kuriphilus. After the invasion of the gall wasp in Ticino’s chestnut forests, cantonal authorities sought an homologation of T. sinensis by the Federal Office for the Environment. A very good paper by Luca Berti (published the 4th…

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Torymus sinensis: a viable management option for the biological control of Dryocosmus kuriphilus in Europe?

The chestnut gall wasp Dryocosmus kuriphilus is a global pest of chestnut (Castanea spp). Established as a pest in the mid-twentieth century in Japan, Korea and North America, this species was first reported in Europe in 2002. Following the successful release of a biological control agent Torymus sinensis in Japan, this parasitoid species has been…

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