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Matching the origin of an invasive weed for selection of a herbivore haplotype for a biological control programme
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It is shown that the weed fern in the Everglades most likely originated in northern Queensland, Australia/Papua New Guinea and that the mite from northern Queensland offers the greatest prospect for control.
Biology and phenology of the eriophyid mite, Floracarus perrepae, on its native host in Australia, Old World climbing fern, Lygodium microphyllum
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Two species of predatory mites and a species of Tydeidae, along with the pathogen Hirsutella thompsonii, had significant effects on all life stages of F. perrepae, with populations peaking when temperatures were cool and soil moisture levels were highest.
Evolutionary changes in symbiont community structure in ticks
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Examination of 81 tick species shows that some Coxiella‐LE symbioses are evolutionarily stable with an ancient acquisition followed by codiversification as observed in ticks belonging to the Rhipicephalus genus, however, many other Coxiellas-LE symbionts are characterized by low evolutionary stability with frequent host shifts and extinction events.
Laboratory and Field Evaluation of Exotic Parasitoids ofBemisia tabaci(Gennadius) (Biotype “B”) (Homoptera: Aleyrodidae) in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas
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This information will be used to prioritize the parasitoid cultures for mass rearing and release in biocontrol-based IPM programs against B. tabaci and Eretmocerusspecies from Spain and India.
Further Evidence that Zebra Chip Potato Disease in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas is Associated with Bactericera cockerelli
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Control exposure and exclusion field experiments in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas indicated that there was a strong association between the potato psyllid and ZC, and plants exposed to psyllids developed typical ZC symptoms in both raw tubers and fried chips.
Maximising the contribution of native‐range studies towards the identification and prioritisation of weed biocontrol agents
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Native-range work also offers under-exploited opportunities for contributing towards predicting safety, abundance and efficacy of potential agents in their target environment.
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