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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526953/mutual-interference-between-adult-females-of-galendromus-flumenis-acari-phytoseiidae-feeding-on-eggs-of-banks-grass-mite-decreases-predation-efficiency-and-increases-emigration-rate
#1
Fatemeh Ganjisaffar, Gösta Nachman, Thomas M Perring
The Banks grass mite, Oligonychus pratensis (Banks) (Acari: Tetranychidae) causes significant damage to dates in California (USA), if not controlled. Studies are underway to develop biological control strategies against this pest in dates using the predatory mite Galendromus flumenis (Chant) (Acari: Phytoseiidae). In California date gardens, this predator is found in low numbers that are insufficient for the economic suppression of Banks grass mites, and our research aims to understand why it fails to keep up with prey densities...
May 19, 2017: Experimental & Applied Acarology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523823/cost-benefit-analysis-of-controlling-the-spotted-wing-drosophila-drosophila-suzukii-matsumura-spread-and-infestation-of-soft-fruits-in-trentino-northern-italy
#2
Emanuele Del Fava, Claudio Ioriatti, Alessia Melegaro
BACKGROUND: We assessed the economic impact of the invasive pest Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura) on the soft fruit industry (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries) in Trentino, Northern Italy, using cost-benefit analysis. A conventional integrated pest management (IPM) based on insecticide, mass trapping and cultural measures is compared to an upgraded IPM strategy based on exclusion netting. Costs and benefits associated with the change between the two are estimated in order to evaluate the most profitable strategy from the societal point of view...
May 19, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521948/genomics-of-interaction-between-the-brown-planthopper-and-rice
#3
REVIEW
Shengli Jing, Yan Zhao, Bo Du, Rongzhi Chen, Lili Zhu, Guangcun He
Rice (Oryza sativa L.) and the brown planthopper (Nilaparvata lugens (Stål)) form a model system for dissection of the mechanism of interaction between insect pest and crop. In this review, we focus on the genomics of BPH-rice interaction. On the side of rice, a number of BPH-resistance genes have been identified genetically. Thirteen of these genes have been cloned which shed a light on the molecular basis of the interaction. On the aspect of BPH, a lot of salivary proteins have been identified using transcriptome and proteome techniques...
February 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521945/whitefly-interactions-with-plants
#4
REVIEW
Xiao-Wei Wang, Ping Li, Shu-Sheng Liu
Whiteflies are important pests of many crops worldwide. They are polyphagous and effectively feed on phloem sap using mouthparts modified into long, flexible stylets. Plants respond to whitefly attack by activating defense genes leading to production of toxic compounds. To reach plant phloem and survive on host plants, whiteflies secret effectors in the saliva to regulate plant responses and activate detoxification system to cope with plant defenses. Additionally, whitefly-transmitted viruses may exert substantial effects on host plants and in turn the performance of whiteflies...
February 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521626/experimental-evolution-of-resistance-against-bacillus-thuringiensis-in-the-insect-model-host-galleria-mellonella-results-in-epigenetic-modifications
#5
Krishnendu Mukherjee, Ekaterina Grizanova, Ekaterina Chertkova, Ruediger Lehmann, Ivan Dubovskiy, Andreas Vilcinskas
Epigenetic mechanisms have been proposed to translate environmental stimuli into heritable transgenerational phenotypic variations that can significantly influence natural selection. An intriguing example is exposure to pathogens, which imposes selection for host resistance. To test this hypothesis, we used larvae of the greater wax moth Galleria mellonella as model host to experimentally select for resistance to Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), the most widely used bacterial agent for the biological control of pest insects...
May 19, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520950/a-novel-economical-way-to-assess-virulence-in-field-populations-of-hessian-fly-diptera-cecidomyiidae-utilizing-wheat-resistance-gene-h13-as-a-model
#6
Alisha J Johnson, Hossam E M Abdel Moniem, Kathy L Flanders, G David Buntin, Francis P F Reay-Jones, Dominic Reisig, Jeffery J Stuart, Subhashree Subramanyam, Richard H Shukle, Brandon J Schemerhorn
Mayetiola destructor (Say) is a serious pest of wheat, Triticum aestivum L., in North America, North Africa, and Central Asia. Singly deployed resistance genes in wheat cultivars have provided effective management of Hessian fly populations for >50 yr. Thirty-five H genes have been documented. Defense mediated by the H gene constitutes strong selection on the Hessian fly population, killing 100% of larvae. A mutation in a matching Hessian fly avirulence gene confers virulence to the H gene, leading to survival on the resistant plant...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520891/sublethal-effects-of-thiamethoxam-on-the-demographic-parameters-of-myzus-persicae-hemiptera-aphididae
#7
Pan Wang, Li-Lin Zhou, Fan Yang, Mang Li, Xiao-Ming Liu, Yong Wang, Chao-Liang Lei, Sheng-Yun Si
The green peach aphid, Myzus persicae Sulzer (Hemiptera: Aphididae), is an important sap-sucking pest of many crops, including Chinese cabbage, Brassinca oleracea L. The neonicotinoid insecticide thiamethoxam has been used as an effective insecticide to control M. persicae in cabbage fields. In this study, we assessed the effects of sublethal concentrations of thiamethoxam on demographic parameters of M. persicae. In leaf-dip bioassays, thiamethoxam showed a relatively high toxicity against M. persicae with an LC50 of 6...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520800/transcriptome-profiling-revealed-novel-transcriptional-regulators-in-maize-responses-to-ostrinia-furnacalis-and-jasmonic-acid
#8
Hai Wang, Shengyan Li, Shouzhen Teng, Haisheng Liang, Hongjia Xin, Hongjiang Gao, Dafang Huang, Zhihong Lang
Chewing insects cause severe yield losses in crop production worldwide. Crop plants counteract chewing insects by transcriptionally promoting a repertoire of defense gene products that are either toxic to, or attractive to the natural enemies of, pest insects. However, the complexity of the transcriptional reprogramming in plant defense response against chewing insects is still not well understood. In this study, the genome-wide early responses in maize seedlings to Asian corn borer (ACB, Ostrinia furnacalis) and also to jasmonic acid(JA), the pivotal phytohormone controlling plant defense response against herbivory, were transcriptionally profiled by RNA-Seq...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518067/remote-sensing-evaluation-of-two-spotted-spider-mite-damage-on-greenhouse-cotton
#9
Daniel E Martin, Mohamed A Latheef
The objective of this study was to evaluate a ground-based multispectral optical sensor as a remote sensing tool to assess foliar damage caused by the two-spotted spider mite (TSSM), Tetranychus urticae Koch, on greenhouse grown cotton. TSSM is a polyphagous pest which occurs on a variety of field and horticultural crops. It often becomes an early season pest of cotton in damaging proportions as opposed to being a late season innocuous pest in the mid-southern United States. Evaluation of acaricides is important for maintaining the efficacy of and preventing resistance to the currently available arsenal of chemicals and newly developed control agents...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517237/development-of-an-alginate-hydrogel-to-deliver-aqueous-bait-for-pest-ant-management
#10
Jia-Wei Tay, Mark S Hoddle, Ashok Mulchandani, Dong-Hwan Choe
BACKGROUND: Insecticide sprays used for ant control cause environmental contamination. Liquid bait is a safe and effective alternative, but it requires bait stations to dispense the toxicant. We developed a biodegradable hydrogel to deliver liquid bait obviating the need for bait stations. RESULTS: Alginate hydrogel beads with preferred rigidity and maximum hydration in 25% sucrose solution were engineered by optimizing a crosslinking process. The moisture content of the substrate on which the beads were placed and the relative atmospheric humidity significantly influenced water loss dynamics of the hydrated hydrogel beads...
May 18, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512316/phenotypic-plasticity-trade-offs-and-gene-expression-changes-accompanying-dietary-restriction-and-switches-in-bactrocera-dorsalis-hendel-diptera-tephritidae
#11
Er-Hu Chen, Qiu-Li Hou, Dan-Dan Wei, Hong-Bo Jiang, Jin-Jun Wang
In this study, we investigated the effects of dietary restriction (DR) and variable diets on phenotypes and gene expression in oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis (Hendel), one of the most economically important pests in the family Tephritidae around the world. As expected, we found that DR altered the B. dorsalis phenotypes by significantly increasing stress resistance and lifespan, but reduced egg production when compared with the control diet. The results suggested a trade-off between reproduction versus somatic maintenance (stress resistance) and lifespan in B...
May 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512121/agricultural-pest-control-with-crispr-based-gene-drive-time-for-public-debate-should-we-use-gene-drive-for-pest-control
#12
Virginie Courtier-Orgogozo, Baptiste Morizot, Christophe Boëte
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 16, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510803/occupational-and-life-style-factors-acquired-mutagenicity-in-agric-workers-of-northeastern-brazil
#13
Tatiana Vieira Souza Chaves, Muhammad Torequl Islam, Manoel Odoríco de Moraes, Marcus Vinícius Oliveira Barros de Alencar, Débora Cássia Vieira Gomes, Rodrigo Mendes de Carvalho, Sharbel Weider Maluf, Fabrício Pires de Moura do Amaral, Márcia Fernanda Correia Jardim Paz, Gilberto Santos Cerqueira, Hercília Maria Lins Rolim, João Marcelo de Castro E Sousa, Ana Amélia de Carvalho Melo-Cavalcante, Maria Elisabete Amaral de Moraes
Pesticides are a complex mixture of chemicals used to protect crops from a number of pests and diseases. They have been considered as potential mutagenic agents. This study aims at evaluation of the mutagenic effect of pesticide exposure to agricultural workers through chromosomal aberrations (CA) and micronucleus (MN) assay in peripheral blood lymphocytes and oral mucosal cells, respectively. The exposed group was consisted with 97 farmers, while the control (un-exposed) group consisted of 55. The results showed a significant (p < 0...
May 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509951/costs-and-benefits-of-omnivore-mediated-plant-protection-effects-of-plant-feeding-on-salix-growth-more-detrimental-than-expected
#14
Adriana Puentes, Christer Björkman
Predators can decrease herbivore damage to plants, and this is often assumed to be beneficial to plant growth/reproduction without actual quantification. Moreover, previous studies have been biased towards strict carnivores and neglected the role of omnivorous predators in prey-suppression. Here, we examined the costs (reduction in growth) and benefits (increase in growth) of enemy-mediated plant protection via the omnivorous (prey and plant-feeding) Orthotylus marginalis, relative to herbivory by a detrimental insect pest of Salix spp...
May 16, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505326/incidence-of-bactericera-cockerelli-hemiptera-triozidae-under-different-pesticide-regimes-in-the-lower-columbia-basin
#15
Erik R Echegaray, Silvia I Rondon
Zebra chip is a potato disease transmitted by the potato psyllid Bactericera cockerelli (Šulc) and distributed across several regions of the United States. Because of its potentially devastating effects, the disease represents a threat to the potato production and the industry particularly in the Pacific Northwest, where it was first detected in 2011. Efforts to control the disease primarily focus on managing the vector using pesticides. In this study, the effectiveness of two pesticide spray programs in 2012 ("FULL" and "REDUCED") and three in 2013 ("FULL 1," "FULL 2," and "REDUCED") against the potato psyllid was evaluated...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505282/survival-and-locomotory-behavior-of-earwigs-after-exposure-to-reduced-risk-insecticides
#16
Catarina D Freitas, Lessando M Gontijo, Raul Narciso C Guedes, Mateus Chediak
The conservation of natural enemies is an important tactic to promote biological control of arthropod pests. The earwig Doru luteipes (Sccuder) is the most important predator of the fall armyworm Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith) in corn fields. One way of conserving these predators in the field is by using only selective insecticides when the pest population reaches the economic threshold. Some recent insecticides such as azadirachtin, chlorantraniliprole, and novaluron have been claimed to pose reduced risk for natural enemies...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503948/attraction-behaviour-of-anagrus-nilaparvatae-to-remote-lemongrass-cymbopogon-distans-oil-and-its-volatile-compounds
#17
Guo-Feng Mao, Xiao-Chang Mo, Hatem Fouad, Ghulam Abbas, Jian-Chu Mo
Utilisation of Anagrus nilaparvatae is a promising and effective method for planthoppers manipulation. Twenty-seven components of remote lemongrass (Cymbopogon distans) oil were identified by GC/MS and nine volatiles were selected for behavioural experiments. In this study, we noted that the remote lemongrass oil was attractive to female A. nilaparvatae at concentrations of 0.1 and 1 mg/L. α-Pinene, β-pinene, eucalyptol, carveol and D-carvone attracted female wasps in the dose-dependent bioassays. Blend 1 (a mixture of eucalyptol, D-carvone, carveol, α-pinene, and β-pinene with ratios of remote lemongrass oil volatiles of 625:80:11:5:3) attracted female wasps at 10 mg/L, while blend 2 (a mixture of the same five volatiles at the same loading ratio) attracted them at 0...
May 15, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503842/demographic-histories-of-three-predatory-lady-beetles-reveal-complex-patterns-of-diversity-and-population-size-change-in-the-united-states
#18
Arun Sethuraman, Fredric J Janzen, Michael A Rubio, Yumary Vasquez, John J Obrycki
Predatory lady beetles (Coccinellidae) contribute to biological control of agricultural pests, however, multiple species frequently compete for similar resources in the same environment. Numerous studies have examined ecological interactions among the native North American convergent lady beetle (Hippodamia convergens) and two introduced species, the seven spotted lady beetle (Coccinella septempunctata) and the Asian lady beetle (Harmonia axyridis), in agricultural fields and described multi-year population dynamics...
May 15, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498837/whitefly-attraction-to-rosemary-rosmarinus-officinialis-l-is-associated-with-volatile-composition-and-quantity
#19
Dganit Sadeh, Nadav Nitzan, Alona Shachter, David Chaimovitsh, Nativ Dudai, Murad Ghanim
Whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) is an important insect pest, causing severe damage to agricultural crops. The pest was recorded in a commercial rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis, Lamiaceae) field, colonizing rosemary variety (var.) '2', but not '11'. A series of field and controlled laboratory choice bioassays confirmed the observed phenomenon. Mature potted plants of the two varieties were randomly organized in a lemon verbena (Lippia citrodora) and lemon grass (Cymbopogon spp.) fields. Seven days later var. '2' was significantly more colonized by whiteflies than var...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496260/overexpression-of-a-cytochrome-p450-and-a-udp-glycosyltransferase-is-associated-with-imidacloprid-resistance-in-the-colorado-potato-beetle-leptinotarsa-decemlineata
#20
Emine Kaplanoglu, Patrick Chapman, Ian M Scott, Cam Donly
Current control of insect pests relies on chemical insecticides, however, insecticide resistance development by pests is a growing concern in pest management. The main mechanisms for insecticide resistance typically involve elevated activity of detoxifying enzymes and xenobiotic transporters that break-down and excrete insecticide molecules. In this study, we investigated the molecular mechanisms of imidacloprid resistance in the Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Say) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), an insect pest notorious for its capacity to develop insecticide resistance rapidly...
May 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
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