Cross mating studies among five fruit fly parasitoid populations: Potential biological control implications for tephritid pests

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dc.contributor.author Billah, M.K.
dc.contributor.author Kimani-Njogu, S.W.
dc.contributor.author Wharton, R.A.
dc.contributor.author Overholt, W.A.
dc.contributor.author Wilson, D.D.
dc.contributor.author Cobblah, M.A.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-04-12T10:58:15Z
dc.date.available 2019-04-12T10:58:15Z
dc.date.issued 2008-10
dc.identifier.citation Billah, M.K., Kimani-Njogu, S.W., Wharton, R.A. et al. BioControl (2008) 53: 709. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10526-007-9108-y en_US
dc.identifier.other https://doi.org/10.1007/s10526-007-9108-y
dc.identifier.uri http://ugspace.ug.edu.gh/handle/123456789/29204
dc.description.abstract The reproductive compatibility between four different species/populations of the tephritid parasitoid Psyttalia (Walker) species from Kenya and individuals of the morphologically identical Psyttalia concolor (Szépligeti) (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) from a laboratory culture in Italy used in augmentative biological control of olive fly, Bactrocera oleae (Gmelin) (Diptera: Tephritidae) was assessed through cross mating tests using single-pair and group mating methods. Reciprocal crosses among the species resulted in the production of viable offsprings up to the second generation. In spite of the successful production of viable offspring in the laboratory, Psyttalia species are known to have specific host fruit and/or host fly preferences and populations/species may be isolated in one way or the other. However, it is not known whether these populations/species interbreed in the field. We discuss the ability of these parasitoids to interbreed and the potential effects of that on their use as biological control agents, especially in environments where other closely related species are present or in situations where multiple parasitoid introductions are intended. © 2007 International Organization for Biological Control (IOBC). en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher BioControl en_US
dc.subject Augmentative en_US
dc.subject Biological control en_US
dc.subject Cross mating en_US
dc.subject Parasitoids en_US
dc.subject Psyttalia concolor en_US
dc.subject Reproductive compatibility en_US
dc.subject Tephritids en_US
dc.subject Viable offspring en_US
dc.title Cross mating studies among five fruit fly parasitoid populations: Potential biological control implications for tephritid pests en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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