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Improved biological control of aphids in protected cropping systems by manipulation of parasitoid behaviour - HH1820TPC

The main objective of the proposed research is to improve the level of biological control of the pest aphids Myzus persicae and Aphis gossypii in protected cropping systems. The project will focus on the foraging behaviour of a commercially-available parasitic wasp, Aphidius colemani, which is being used by an increasing number of growers for aphid control. The aim is to manipulate the foraging behaviour of both the parasite itself, and the hyperparasites that attack it, by means of naturally-occurring chemical cues (semiochemicals) which mediate the parasites' host-finding behaviour.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1995

To: 1997

Cost: £22,103
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Brighton
Fields of Study