Christian S. A. Silva-Torres

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Sap-sucking sessile insects depend on their selected host plant for their development; hence, they are influenced by the nutritional quality of the plant, especially the available nitrogen (N) and water content in the plants. The levels of N in the plant sap can vary as function of the N fertilization applied to enhance crop yield, while deficit of water(More)
Ecological hypotheses of plant–insect herbivore interactions suggest that insects perform better on weakened plants and plants grown under optimal conditions are less damaged. This study tested the hypothesis that the colonization and oviposition rates by pests with different feeding strategies and levels of specialization are affected in different ways by(More)
Consistent data demonstrate the positive response of sap-sucking insects to water-stressed plants, but there is a lack of information about the performance of chewing species, including whether their responses vary according to their feeding specializations. We tested the hypothesis that herbivores with distinct feeding strategies and host specialization(More)
Mealybugs have strong associations with their host plants due to their limitations for dispersal. Thus, environmental conditions and host quality may impact the biological traits of mealybugs. To the best of our knowledge, we are the first to report on the biology of a Brazilian population of the striped mealybug Ferrisia virgata Cockerell (Hemiptera:(More)
Bracon vulgaris is a larval ectoparasitoid of the boll weevil, Anthonomus grandis, a key cotton pest We investigated the influence of parasitoid age, photoperiod and host availability on B. vulgaris parasitism. Five- and 10-day-old parasitoids were exposed to A. grandis densities of three, six, 12 and 24 larvae per female. Five-day-old females showed higher(More)
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