Matteo Alessandro Saladini

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Torymus sinensis Kamijo (Hymenoptera: Torymidae) is a biological control agent of the chestnut gall wasp Dryocosmus kuriphilus Yasumatsu (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae). It is reported in the literature as univoltine, but in NW Italy it exhibits a prolonged diapause mainly as late instar larva. Diapause is extended for 12 months, and adults emerge in April as(More)
BACKGROUND European corn borer (ECB), Ostrinia nubilalis (Hübner), is the main maize pest in Central and Southern Europe and promotes the infection of maize with Fusarium spp., which produce mycotoxins. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of insecticide treatments on ECB damage, Fusarium infection and mycotoxin contamination. The field(More)
Torymus sinensis Kamijo (Hymenoptera: Torymidae) has been released throughout Italy for biological control of the chestnut gall wasp. In response to concern about non-target impacts associated with the introduction of this exotic biological control agent, this study aimed at investigating T. sinensis’s host range. In total, 1371 non-target galls were(More)
A post-release study was performed to assess the impact of Torymus sinensis (Hymenoptera: Torymidae), the biological control agent of Dryocosmus kuriphilus (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae), on native cynipid gall inducers in Italy. In total, 14,512 non-target galls were collected, corresponding to seven genera: Andricus, Aphelonyx, Biorhiza, Cynips, Diplolepis,(More)
The development of an integrated rodent pest management strategy requires the adoption of protocols that should be based on a good knowledge of species–habitat relationships. Vole damage to orchards has increased in Italy in recent decades, as new cultivation practices have been introduced, despite the use of rodenticides. To improve our understanding of(More)
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