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Effect of the tomato rust mite Aculops lycopersici (Acari: Eriophyidae) on the development and reproduction of three predatory phytoseiid mites

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 March 2008

Faten M. Momen*
Pests and Plant Protection Department, National Research Centre, 31 El- Tahrir Street, Dokki12622, Cairo, Egypt
Amira Abdel-Khalek
Pests and Plant Protection Department, National Research Centre, 31 El- Tahrir Street, Dokki12622, Cairo, Egypt
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The biology of Typhlodromips swirskii (Athias-Henriot), Typhlodromus athiasae Porath and Swirski and Paraseiulus talbii (Athias-Henriot) was studied using Aculops lycopersici (Massee) active stages as food source. For T. swirskii, development was faster and reproduction was higher than in T. athiasae. Survival of immatures of P. talbii was low on A. lycopersici and all failed to develop to adulthood. A total of 35.4 and 30.3 eggs per female, respectively, were obtained when T. swirskii and T. athiasae were fed on active stages of the tomato rust mite. A diet of A. lycopersici provided the shortest female longevity and highest mean total fecundity, which resulted in the highest net reproductive rate (Ro = 26.785), intrinsic rate of natural increase (rm = 0.235) and finite rate of increase (λ = 1.265) for T. swirskii. The mean generation time ranged between 13.97 and 17.85 days for T. swirskii and T. athiasae, respectively.

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