Acarologia (2018) 58, 302-312

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Biljana Vidovic, Hashem Kamali, Radmila Petanovic, Massimo Cristofaro, Philip Weyl, Asadi Ghorbanali, Tatjana Cvrkovic, Matthew Augé and Francesca Marini (2018)
A new Aceria species (Acari:Trombidiformes: Eriophyoidea) from West Asia, a potential biological control agent for the invasive weed camelthorn, Alhagi maurorum Medik. (Leguminosae)
Acarologia 58 (2), 302-312
Abstract: A new species of eriophyoid mite Aceria alhagi n. sp. inhabiting the weed Alhagi maurorum Medik., is described from the type locality in Iran, but it was also collected from Uzbekistan, Turkey and Armenia. This mite causes changes of the leaves and inflorescence. Infested plants develop cauliflower-like galls on the inflorescence and leaves deforming the reproductive structures and inhibiting seed production. The potential reduction in seed set suggests that this mite could constitute a potential biological control agent against this noxious weed. To investigate intraspecific variability between A. alhagi n. sp. populations from Iran, Turkey and Armenia, we analysed molecular sequences of the mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase subunit I (mtCOI). These results indicated that there are no significant intraspecific divergences among populations of A.alhagi n. sp. from the five different localities in three West Asia countries. This finding can be used in the future research of certain mite populations as biological control agent.
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Database assignments for author(s): Radmila U. Petanovic, Philip Weyl, Matthew Auge, Francesca Marini

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
biocontrol - natural enemies
Research topic(s) for beneficials or antagonists:

Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.

Alhagi maurorum (weed) Armenia
Alhagi maurorum (weed) Turkey
Alhagi maurorum (weed) Iran
Alhagi maurorum (weed) Uzbekistan