Florida Entomologist (2011) 94, 696-698

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Pasco B. Avery, Catharine M. Mannion, Charles A. Powell, Cindy L. McKenzie and Lance S. Osborne (2011)
Natural enemies managing the invasion of the fig whitefly, Singhiella simplex (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae), infesting a Ficus benjamina hedge
Florida Entomologist 94 (3), 696-698
Abstract: Based on leaf disk samples taken in this field pilot study, only ~10% of the fig whitefly mortality was attributed to parasitization by Encarsia species, ~ 90% was due to other natural causes; i.e. enzootic entomopathogenic fungi, predation, etc. This is the first record of the Hypocreales fungi, I. fumosorosea, P. lilacinus, and Aspergillus, Lecanicillium, and Fusarium species being isolated from dead S. simplex nymphs on F. benjamina. It is important to assess the long term impacts pesticide applications made for managing the fig whitefly may have on the ecosystem, and especially the ecological impact on the natural enemies which include enzootic entomopathogenic fungi.
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Database assignments for author(s): Pasco B. Avery, Cindy L. McKenzie, Catharine M. Mannion, Lance S. Osborne

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.

Gynaikothrips uzeli Ficus (crop) U.S.A. (SE)
Singhiella simplex Ficus (crop) U.S.A. (SE)
Tetraleurodes fici Ficus (crop) U.S.A. (SE)
Cordyceps fumosorosea (entomopathogen) Singhiella simplex Ficus (crop) U.S.A. (SE)
Encarsia protransvena (parasitoid) Singhiella simplex Ficus (crop) U.S.A. (SE)
Purpureocillium lilacinum (entomopathogen) Singhiella simplex Ficus (crop) U.S.A. (SE)