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dc.contributor.authorRogg, H.W.
dc.contributor.authorYaninek, J.S.
dc.identifier.citationRogg, H.W. & Yaninek, J.S. (1990). Population dynamics of Typhlodromalus limonicus from Colombia, an introduced predator of the exotic cassava green mite in West Africa. Bulletin of the Entomological Society Switzerland, 63, 389-398.
dc.description.abstractThe introduction of Typhlodromalus limonicus (Garman & McGregor) sensu lato is a major component of an on-going biological control campaign against the exotic cassava pest Mononychellus tanajoa (Bondar) in Africa. However, long-term establishment of this exotic phytoseiid predator has not yet been achieved. The Colombian biotype of 33 limonicus was evaluated as a biological control agent in Nigeria and Bénin by assessing its population response to selected abiotic and biotic factors. In field experiments, 73 limonicus temporarily survived forca. 19 generations during wet and dry seasons. 73 limonicus population densities were negatively correlated with that of M. tanajoa suggesting its prédation potential on M. tanajoa. The spider mite populations were positively while the predatory mite populations were negatively affected by the low (< 50%) relative humidity during the dry season. Competition with endemic phytoseiid species on cassava was not evident. 73 limonicus was present on top leaves with M. tanajoa, whereas indigenous predators were more frequent on bottom leaves. Alternate prey may play a role in sustaining 73 limonicus populations during times of prey scarcity. Biotypes of a potential biological control agent for M. tanajoa should be selected to improve the chances of a successful establishment in Africa.
dc.subjectMononychellus Tanajoa
dc.subjectBiological Control
dc.titlePopulation dynamics of Typhlodromalus limonicus from Colombia, an introduced predator of the exotic cassava green mite in West Africa
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.description.versionPeer Review
cg.contributor.affiliationInternational Institute of Tropical Agriculture
cg.coverage.regionSouth America
cg.coverage.regionWest Africa
cg.authorship.typesCGIAR single centre
cg.iitasubjectPests Of Plants
cg.iitasubjectPlant Diseases
cg.iitasubjectDisease Control
cg.accessibilitystatusLimited Access

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