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Studying parasitoids from America for the biocontrol of FAW in Africa and Asia

CABI is presently assessing the suitability of two parasitoids from the Americas for introduction into Africa and/or Asia. Studies are presently being conducted in the CABI quarantine facility in Switzerland but, when international movements will be eased, the parasitoids will be transferred to various quarantine facilities  in Africa and Asia. The two species are:

-Eiphosoma laphygmae (Ichneumonidae), larval parasitoid, which seems to show a high specificity to FAW.

-Chelonus insularis (Braconidae), egg-larval parasitoid, which is the most important and widespread parasitoid of FAW in the Americas. This species is less specific, attacking and developing also in  some other Noctuidae.

Information: Marc Kenis (m.kenis@cabi.org)

 

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Johnnie Van den Berg
Johnnie Van den Berg (@johnnie-vandenbergnwu-ac-za)
1 year ago

These 2 species will add a lot to the current range of biocontrol agents, such as the egg parasitoid, Telenomus remus. Is there any information on the parasitism levels by this egg parasitoid in Africa?