Bulletin of Entomological Research (1982) 72, 523-533

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M.J.W. Cock (1982)
The biology and host specificity of Liothrips mikaniae (Priesner) (Thysanoptera: Phlaeothripidae), a potential biological control agent of Mikania micrantha (Compositae)
Bulletin of Entomological Research 72 (3), 523-533
Abstract: Liothrips mikaniae (Priesn.) comb. n. is one of the most promising biological control agents for Mikania micrantha, a sprawling composite vine native to the Neotropics which is a serious weed of plantations in South-East Asia. A description and illustrations of the adult and larvae of this thrips is followed by details of the life-history, culture technique, host specificity (including laboratory studies demonstrating oligophagy) and natural enemies. It is recommended for introduction to South-East Asia.
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Database assignments for author(s): Matthew J.W. Cock

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

Pest and/or beneficial records:

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

Mikania micrantha (weed) Trinidad and Tobago
Liothrips mikaniae (weed bioagent) Mikania micrantha (weed) Trinidad and Tobago