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19-06-2024 | Original Article

Biocontrol of Fusarium spp. root rot in yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis) by native rhizospheric Trichoderma spp.

Yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis) is a native plant from South America where its leaves and branches are popularly consumed in warm drinks. Species of Fusarium may attack the plant and cause root rot. Biological control using native fungi may …

Alexsandra Cezimbra Quevedo, Marlove Fátima Brião Muniz, Janaina Silva Sarzi, Jaqueline Raquel Tomm Krahn, Lucas Graciolli Savian, Luciane Almeri Tabaldi, Marisa Ana Strahl, Mateus Alves Saldanha, Ricardo Harakava, Tales Poletto, Júlio Carlos Pereira da Silva

17-06-2024 | Correction

Correction to: Predatory behavior and potentiality of Toxorhynchites spp. (Diptera: Culicidae) against Aedes mosquito

Punya Ram Sukupayo, Ram Chandra Poudel, Tirth Raj Ghimire


The effect of bioC gene on ultraviolet radiation and oxidative resistance of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bacillales: Bacillaceae)

Bacillus thuringiensis (Bacillales: Bacillaceae) (Bt) has played a significant role in pest control, which is the most intensively studied, rapidly developed, and widely used insecticidal microorganism in recent years. However, due to the …

Yile Zhang, Caixia Chen, Xi Du, Haonan Wu, Chunmei Chen, Hong Chen, Zhen Yu, Qingqing Min, Xiaohua Hu, Zhaoxia Liu, Weilong Tan, Xiong Guan, Lingling Zhang

Open Access 06-06-2024

How plant and insect host characteristics affect pepper weevil Anthonomus eugenii parasitism efficacy by the pteromalid Jaliscoa hunteri

The pepper weevil Anthonomus eugenii (Cano) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) is an economically important pest of both field and greenhouse pepper crops, Capsicum annuum Linnaeus (Solanaceae) in North America. Among its natural enemies is the …

Serena Leo, Roselyne Labbé, Cynthia Scott-Dupree

Open Access 05-06-2024

Endophytic Beauveria bassiana in sugarcane and associated Eldana saccharina host plants in South Africa

Eldana saccharina Walker is a problematic sugarcane stalk borer pest in South Africa. Twenty-eight sugarcane genotypes (Saccharum spp. hybrids) and seven different species of host plants of E. saccharina were surveyed for the presence of …

Nongcebo S. Memela, R. Stuart Rutherford, Stefan Schmidt


Predatory behavior and potentiality of Toxorhynchites spp. (Diptera: Culicidae) against Aedes mosquito

Toxorhynchites mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae), also known as elephant mosquitoes or mosquito eaters, are the largest mosquitoes globally and do not bite humans but prey on other mosquito larvae. We used a dipping and pipetting methods to collect …

Punya Ram Sukupayo, Ram Chandra Poudel, Tirth Raj Ghimire


Comparative efficacies of two fungal insecticides in field control of cereal aphids heavily infesting winter wheat

Sustainable control of cereal aphids during late spring and early summer requires alternatives to mitigate increasing resistance to chemical insecticides. Emulsifiable oil-formulated Beauveria bassiana ZJU435 (Bb) and Metarhizium anisopliae CQ421 …

Sen-Miao Tong, Dan-Yi Qi, Chun-Ling Liu, Guan-Hua Feng, Wen-Yue Pan, Yan-Zhi Shao, R. Yang, Ming-Guang Feng


Beauveria bassiana (Ascomycota: Hypocreales) spores carried by Scleroderma guani (Hymenoptera: Bethylidae): a novel strategy for improving the control efficiency of Semanotus bifasciatus (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in the field

One common biocontrol strategy employed to combat the wood borer Semanotus bifasciatus Motschulsky (the Chinese fir borer, CFB) is the release of parasitic wasps, specifically Sclerodermus guani Xiao et Wu. However, the rate of parasitism of these …

Jian-Yong Zeng, Jia-Wei Bai, Hua-Ling Wang, Xiao-Yu Su, Xue-Fei Wang, Ning-Ning Fu, Hui-Ping Li

Open Access 13-05-2024

Vertebrates and flying insects provide biocontrol services to Australian urban food gardens

Biocontrol by wild insects and other organisms is an important service provided to agriculture, but few studies have linked the role of this service to urban garden crop production. In 15 urban food gardens in Sydney, Australia, we assessed …

Robert McDougall, Paul Kristiansen, Tanya Latty, Romina Rader

Open Access 08-05-2024

Climate modelling of the potential distribution in South Africa of two Zygogramma species (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) released for the biological control of invasive weed Tithonia rotundifolia (Asteraceae: Heliantheae)

Two Mexican leaf-feeding beetles, Zygogramma piceicollis (Stål) and Zygogramma signatipennis (Stål) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), were released in South Africa for the biological control of the invasive species Tithonia rotundifolia (Mill.) S.E.

Khethani V. Mawela, David O. Simelane, Terence Olckers


Effects of Beauveria bassiana on the growth and reproductive rates of Nezara viridula

A laboratory colony of the southern green stink bug, Nezara viridula L. (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) was used to evaluate the effect of two strains of Beauveria bassiana (Balsamo-Crivelli) Vuillemin (Hypocreales: Cordycipitaceae) on its growth and …

Maribel Portilla, Moukaram Tertuliano, Katherine Parys, James P. Glover, Gadi V. P. Reddy

Open Access 01-05-2024

Does intraspecific variation in Trissolcus japonicus affect its response to non-target hosts?

Host specificity is a key criterion for the implementation of any biological control program. In parasitoid wasps, host specificity is mediated by their response to chemical cues directly and indirectly associated with their hosts during foraging.

Nina Häner, Fleur Fenijn, Tim Haye


Submersed herbicides and thrips biological control effectively reduce biomass of alligatorweed (Alternanthera philoxeroides), a widespread aquatic invasive plant

Alligatorweed [Alternanthera philoxeroides (Mart.) Griseb.; Amaranthaceae] is a globally problematic, aquatic invasive weed with a long history as a target for control efforts. Although chemical and biological control methods have been widely …

Samuel A. Schmid, Gray Turnage, Gary N. Ervin


Influence of the management of rice crops and wild vegetation on the diversity of Scelionidae egg parasitoids of Pentatomidae

Egg parasitoids of the family Scelionidae are important biological control agents in many agricultural systems, including rice. Several species attack Pentatomidae. Some are used in applied biological control programs. We studied the richness …

Simone Mundstock Jahnke, Gisele de Souza da Silva, Norman F. Johnson


Chemical and visual stimuli for conservation biological control of stink bugs in soybean: potential use and flaws on egg parasitoid recruitment

Stink bug egg parasitoids (Scelionidae) use several host and non-host chemical and physical cues to find suitable hosts. These cues can interact in the field producing multimodal stimuli, which can be manipulated to increase parasitoid attraction …

Ana Carolina G. Lagôa, Pedro H. B. Togni, Michely F. Aquino, Maria Carolina Blassioli-Moraes, Miguel Borges, Raúl A. Laumann

05-02-2024 | Review

Management of Euschistus heros with the release of Telenomus podisi in soybean in Brazil

The management of the brown stink bug, Euschistus heros Fabricius (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), which is one of the main pests in soybean crops in Brazil, based on applied biological control programs, depends on detailed knowledge of the biological …

Gabryele Silva Ramos, Alessandro Bandeira Dalbianco, Daniel Mariano Santos, Daniel de Lima Alvarez, Regiane Cristina de Oliveira

Open Access 25-01-2024

The indirect effect of nectar-inhabiting yeasts on olfactory responses and longevity of two stink bug egg parasitoids

Adult parasitoids are well known to feed on sugar-rich resources such as floral nectar. Recently, an increasing body of evidence has shown that nectar is ubiquitously colonized by microorganisms and, as a consequence, microbial metabolic activity …

Jay Darryl L. Ermio, Ezio Peri, Patrizia Bella, Michael Rostás, Islam S. Sobhy, Tom Wenseleers, Stefano Colazza, Bart Lievens, Antonino Cusumano


Influence of landscape structure on stink bug and their adult parasitoid populations on soybean culture

The simplification of the agricultural landscape affects trophic interactions, impacting on biological pest control. On a field scale, this ecological service can be affected by the presence of natural enemies in the landscape, which move between …

Michely Ferreira Santos de Aquino, Edison Ryoiti Sujii, Sérgio Eustáquio de Noronha, Miguel Borges, Maria Carolina Blassioli-Moraes, Raul Alberto Laumann

24-08-2023 | Review Article

Life history studies of stink bugs: much-needed research to support their conservation biological control

In this article, we present and discuss the importance of life history information of four species of stink bugs (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) of the neotropics, pests of major commodities, as basic information necessary for development of improved …

Antônio Ricardo Panizzi, Tiago Lucini