Reference : Biological control device using the aphidophagous hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus (De G...
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Life sciences : Entomology & pest control
Biological control device using the aphidophagous hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus (De Geer) (Diptera: Syrphidae)
[en] Dispositif de lutte biologique utilisant le syrphe aphidiphage Episyrphus balteatus (De Geer) (Diptera: Syrphidae)
Leroy, Pascal [Université de Liège - ULiège > > Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech >]
Verheggen, François mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > > Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech >]
Francis, Frédéric mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > > Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech >]
Haubruge, Eric mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Services administratifs généraux > Vice-Recteur de Gembloux Agro Bio Tech - Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech >]
One-Day Symposium on Chemical Entomology, 5th May 2010 (Gembloux)
05 mai 2010
University of Liege Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech
[en] Biological control ; hoverfly ; aphids
[en] Augmentative biocontrol constitutes a safe way to reduce pest populations through the enhancement of natural enemies’ activity. In this context, the aphidophagous syrphid Episyrphus baltetaus (De Geer) (Diptera: Syrphidae) is a promising candidate for aphid biological control: larvae of this syrphid attack and consume a wide range of aphid species and are found on many vegetable crops.
Because natural populations of beneficials are not always sufficient to regulate the pest infestations, this work has focused on the conception of a biological control device containing syrphid eggs which can easily be introduced in fields or greenhouses. To test and validate the biological control device described above, laboratory and field experiments were performed: a plastic lamella covered with syrphid eggs was suspended on aphid infested plants in order to measure the efficiency of the device. The results obtained were promising since populations of 500 aphids were eliminated in ten days when 15 syrphid eggs were introduced. The use of such a biological control device could certainly contribute to aphid biological control strategies.
Région Wallonne - Waléo 2
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