BACKGROUND: The flower bug Orius sauteri (Poppius) (Hemiptera: Anthocoridae) is widely used as a biocontrol agent against thrips and aphids infesting greenhouse vegetables in Asia. The survival and oviposition of such predators, as well as biocontrol services they provided, may be enhanced by adding extra floral resources to the crops. In the current study, we investigated the effects of the plant Calendula officinalis L., used as a floral resources, for promoting the control of Myzus persicae (Sulzer) and Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande) by O. sauteri under laboratory and greenhouse conditions. RESULTS: Results showed that the presence of C. officinalis enhanced aphid and thrips suppression via an increased O. sauteri population growth. The predator populations responded positively to the addition of C. officinalis in the system and they varied also as function of the temperatures tested under laboratory conditions. In a similar way, predator populations varied among seasons with the highest densities recorded in May in greenhouse. CONCLUSION: C. officinalis can be used to increase available resources for natural enemies used in agricultural crops, notably in greenhouses. This study also provides evidence that increasing floral resources can enhance pest suppression provided by O. sauteri.
|Titolo:||Using Calendula officinalis as a floral resource to enhance aphid and thrips suppression by the flower bug Orius sauteri (Hemiptera: Anthocoridae).|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|