Georges Van Impe

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Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (s.l.), the etiological agent of Lyme disease, is transmitted by the bite of Ixodes ricinus. Four hundred eighty-nine ticks, collected in four locations of a region of southern Belgium where Lyme disease is endemic, were examined for the presence of the spirochete. In a PCR test with primers that recognize a chromosomal gene(More)
The incidence of tick-borne diseases is increasing in Europe. Sub national information on tick distribution, ecology and vector status is often lacking. However, precise location of infection risk can lead to better targeted prevention measures, surveillance and control. In this context, the current paper compiled geolocated tick occurrences in Belgium, a(More)
The potential contribution of the aphid parasitoid Ephedrus persicae Froggatt (Hymenoptera: Braconidae, Aphidiinae) in regulating stem mothers of the rosy apple aphid Dysaphis plantaginea (Passerini) (Homoptera: Aphididae) was investigated in culture conditions using both species' phenological emergence data in spring and host stage suitability trials. In(More)
The group of hawthorn leaf-curling aphids (Dysaphis spp.) hosted by the common hawthorn Crataegus monogyna Jacq. may play an important role in the biological control of the rosy apple aphid, Dysaphis plantaginea (Passerini), by increasing reproduction opportunities for the indigenous hymenopteran parasitoid Ephedrus persicae Froggatt. Unfortunately, most(More)
A method was developed to label the egg load of Episyrphus balteatus (De Geer) (Diptera: Syrphidae) by feeding adult females with the fluorescent dye Rhodamine B. In a preliminary experiment aimed at selecting an appropriate dye concentration, gravid females reared in insectary conditions were provided for two successive days with a 50% honey-water solution(More)
Elder shrubs (Sambucus nigra L.) were planted in an experimental apple orchard as bordering hedgerow with the objective of rearing syrphids (Diptera: Syrphidae) and consequently enhancing the biological control of the rosy apple aphid Dysaphis plantaginea (Passerini). The inoculative introduction of the specific elder aphid Aphis sambuci L. (Homoptera:(More)
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