Novel temperature pre-treatments and rearing regimes to increase performance of parasitoids

Monday, June 30, 2014

The insect Tuta absoluta is a serious pest in all the countries were tomato is grown. In protected crops, where the damage can be extremely serious, there are the optimal conditions for combining sustainable tools of control, such as false trail and biological control. This work concentrated on the characterization of insect parasitoids available commercially in order to certify them from a taxonomical and biological point of view and the tests concentrated on Trichogramma achaeae. The second part of the task concerns the influence of temperature treatments on the performance of T. achaeae. The work has been developed in collaboration with the Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University (AU).

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/ 2007-2013) under the grant agreement n°265865- PURE