Biocontrol Science and Technology (2005) 15, 513-518

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Alberto Urbaneja, Gervasio Tapia and Philip Stansly (2005)
Influence of host plant and prey availability on developmental time and surviorship of Nesidiocoris tenius (Het.: Miridae)
Biocontrol Science and Technology 15 (5), 513-518
Abstract: Nesidiocoris tenuis is a zoophytophagous mirid with biological control potential. However, the relative importance of predation and herbivory for survival and development has not been clear. The bugs survived longer on tomato than on eggplant and especially sweet pepper, but could not complete development in the absence of supplemental food. Tomato also proved to be a more favorable substrate than pepper when eggs of Ephestia kuehniella were added as a food supplement. These results demonstrated that animal prey is a required dietary component for N. tenuis, and also that survival time on a strict plant diet is host plant dependent.
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Database assignments for author(s): Alberto Urbaneja, Philip A. Stansly

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
general biology - morphology - evolution
Research topic(s) for beneficials or antagonists:
general biology - morphology - evolution

Pest and/or beneficial records:

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

Nesidiocoris tenuis
Nesidiocoris tenuis (predator)