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Title: Egg parasitoids of the genus Trichogramma (Hymenoptera, Trichogrammatidae) in olive groves of the Mediterranean region
Author: Herz, A.
Hassan, S.A.
Hegazi, E.
Khafagi, W.E.
Nasr, F.
Youssef, A.
Agamy, E.
Blibech, I.
Ksentini, I.
Ksantini, M.
Jardak, T.
Bento, Albino
Pereira, J.A.
Torres, L.
Souliotis, C.
Moschos, T.
Milonas, P.
Keywords: Trichogramma bourarachae
Trichogramma nerudai
Trichogramma cordubensis
Trichogramma euproctidis
Trichogramma cacoeciae
Trichogramma oleae
Olive cultivation
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Herz, A.; Hassan, S.A.; Hegazi, E.; Khafagi, W.E.; Nasr, F.; Youssef, A.; Agamy, E.; Blibech, I.; Ksentini, I.; Ksantini, M.; Jardak, T.; Bento, Albino; Pereira, J.A.; Torres, L.; Souliotis, C.; Moschos, T.; Milonas, P. (2007) - Egg parasitoids of the genus Trichogramma (Hymenoptera, Trichogrammatidae) in olive groves of the Mediterranean region. Biological Control. ISSN 1049-9644. 40:1, p. 48-56
Abstract: A survey of egg parasitoids of the genus Trichogramma (Hymenoptera, Trichogrammatidae) was carried out in olive groves in Portugal, Greece, Egypt, and Tunisia during the years 2002–2004. Parasitoids were obtained either by exposing sentinel eggs (Sitotroga cerealella Olivier or Ephestia kuehniella Zeller) on olive trees or by collecting eggs of lepidopterous olive pests. Parasitized egg samples were reared separately in the laboratory for emergence of parasitoids. These were further reared in separate lines and processed by morphological and molecular biology techniques for species characterization. The recorded fauna of Trichogramma parasitoids in olive groves was species poor and consisted of species mainly known from the Mediterranean region. Trichogramma bourarachae Pintureau and Babault was found in Tunisia and Egypt, T. cordubensis Vargas and Cabello, and T. euproctidis Girault in Egypt, Trichogramma cacoeciae Marchal in Portugal, Greece, Egypt, Tunisia and Trichogramma nerudai Pintureau and Gerding in Portugal. Apart from that, Trichogramma oleae Voegele´ and Pointel was collected in Tunisia. This species is probably not indigenous, but has established after several releases of a French strain were made in recent years. For selected strains, the sequence of the internal transcribed spacer 2 (ITS-2) region of rDNA was determined and deposited in the GenBank database. Differences in important biological attributes were found among collected strains of T. bourarachae, suggesting the existence of biotypes. The results contribute to the limited knowledge on distribution and biodiversity of the genus Trichogramma in the Mediterranean region. They can be helpful for the preservation and use of indigenous Trichogramma species in biological control of lepidopterous pests in olive and other local crops.
Peer review: yes
ISSN: 1049-9644
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