Pest Management Science (2012) 68, 1215-1222

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Alberto Urbaneja, Joel González-Cabrera, Judit Arnó and Rosa Gabarra (2012)
Prospects for the biological control of Tuta absoluta in tomatoes of the Mediterranean basin
Pest Management Science 68 (9), 1215-1222
Abstract: Since its detection in the Mediterranean basin at the end of 2006 and later in other European countries, the South American tomato pinworm, Tuta absoluta (Meyrick), has become a serious threat to tomato crops. In newly infested areas, it is especially problematic during the first years of its presence. Nevertheless, after 2-3 years, the incidence of T. absoluta has become less severe in certain areas. There are several factors contributing to this decline, such as the increase in growers' knowledge of pest behaviour and biology and the correct application of integrated pest control strategies. The impact of opportunistic native natural enemies (fortuitous biological control) should be considered as one of the key factors in this decline. In this review, available information on indigenous natural enemies is updated, and the current pest management approaches used against T. absoluta are addressed. Finally, future scenarios for biological control of this pest are discussed.
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Database assignments for author(s): Alberto Urbaneja, Judit Arnó, Joel Gonzalez-Cabrera, Rosa Gabarra

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.

Tuta absoluta Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum)
Macrolophus pygmaeus (predator) Tuta absoluta Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum)
Stenomesius japonicus (parasitoid) Tuta absoluta Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum)
Nesidiocoris tenuis (predator) Tuta absoluta Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum)
Agathis fuscipennis (parasitoid) Tuta absoluta Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum)
Trichogramma achaeae (parasitoid) Tuta absoluta Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum)