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Invasion biology of thrips.
Factors facilitating invasion by thrips, damage caused by these insects, pre- and post-invasion management tactics, and challenges looming on the horizon posed by invasive Thysanoptera, which continually challenge the development of sustainable management practices are examined.
Control of Pests and Weeds by Natural Enemies: An Introduction to Biological Control
Control of pests and weeds by natural enemies: an introduction to biological control, and how to deal with them.
Biology and use of the whitefly parasitoid Encarsia formosa.
The biology of adult and immature E. formosa is reviewed, population dynamics of whitefly-parasitoid interactions, and commercial use in greenhouses are reviewed.
Should arthropod parasitoids and predators be subject to host range testing when used as biological control agents?
Testing of candidate biological control agents to estimate their likely field host ranges in the area of release has been part of weed biological control for several decades, with evolving techniques
The Lesser of Two Weevils: Molecular-Genetics of Pest Palm Weevil Populations Confirm Rhynchophorus vulneratus (Panzer 1798) as a Valid Species Distinct from R. ferrugineus (Olivier 1790), and Reveal
DNA sequences of the mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase subunit I (COI) gene from RPW populations throughout the native and invaded ranges are compared to investigate the specific status and invasion history of this serious economic pest, and to identify possible common routes of entry.
Assessing fitness costs for transgenic Aedes aegypti expressing the GFP marker and transposase genes.
It is shown that demographic parameters are significantly diminished in transgenic mosquitoes relative to the untransformed laboratory strain, which has important implications for the development and utilization of this technology for control programs based on manipulative molecular modification.
Molecular Identification Key for Pest Species of Scirtothrips (Thysanoptera: Thripidae)
Seven pest species are identified with the molecular-based methods described here and it is hoped that this system can be extended to other members of the genus as their ITS1 and ITS2 sequences become available.