Florida Entomologist (2014) 97, 298-300

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D.G. Hall and E.M. Klein (2014)
Short-term storage of adult Tamarixia radiata (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) prior to field releases for biological control of Asian citrus psyllid
Florida Entomologist 97 (1), 298-300
Abstract: Tamarixia radiata is regarded as one of the Asian citrus psyllid's most important natural enemies, and is thus currently being mass-reared and released by a number of laboratories in North America. It may not always be possible to immediately release newly-emerged adults, in which case it would be advantageous to store the parasitoids under optimal conditions until release. We found that newly-emerged adult T. radiata can be stored at 20 to 30 °C (14 h light photo phase) in vials containing honey with greater than 95% survival for up to 14 days. However, parasitoids stored for 14 days with honey at 25 °C parasitized fewer psyllid nymphs than newly emerged parasitoids. Thus, adult parasitoids can be stored, but they should be released as soon as possible for maximal parasitism.
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Database assignments for author(s): David G. Hall

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

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

Diaphorina citri
Tamarixia radiata (parasitoid) Diaphorina citri