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IMBICONT: Improved biological control for IPM in fruits and berries

Grant number: 11/51556-3
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: February 01, 2012 - July 31, 2015
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Agronomy - Plant Health
Convênio/Acordo: Innovation Fund Denmark
Principal Investigator:Italo Delalibera Júnior
Grantee:Italo Delalibera Júnior
Principal researcher abroad: Jorgen Eilenberg
Institution abroad: University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Host Institution: Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil


IMBICONT has the aim to provide future solutions for sustainable Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in fruits and berries by a range of studies focusing on biological control options in Sao Paulo State, Brazil, and in Denmark. IMBICONT is interdisciplinary since the research involves molecular biology, applied entomology, microbiology, pest control science, application technology, and micro-economics, Close collaboration between the Brazilian team and the Danish team ensures that technology and methods, conceptual understanding as well as specific results will be exchanged. Joint leadership of all three Work Packages (WP's) and joint supervision of PhD students will contribute to achieve these goals. Three crops have been" chosen: strawberries in both countries, plus citrus in Brazil and apple in Denmark. Two groups of biocontrol organisms have been selected: insect pathogenic fungi and predators. We aim to explore new biodiversity of entomopathogens. Further, new strategies to enhance beneficial interactions with natural enemies will be designed. New production methods, formulation and application techniques will also be developed for unexplored entomopathogenic fungi. Finally, a micro-economical assessment of the value of biological control will be carried out in fruit and strawberry. Joint activities including workshops and PhD courses are planned. Besides the applied aspects, IMBICONT will also provide significant novel data on biodiversity, co-evolution and population interactions. (AU)

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Scientific publications (9)
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LUZ, CHRISTIAN; ROCHA, LUIZ F. N.; MONTALVA, CRISTIAN; SOUZA, DANIELA A.; BOTELHO, ANA BEATRIZ R. Z.; LOPES, ROGERIO B.; FARIA, MARCOS; DELALIBERA JUNIOR, ITALO. Metarhizium humberi sp. nov. (Hypocreales: Clavicipitaceae), a new member of the PARB Glade in the Metarhizium anisopliae complex from Latin America. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, v. 166, . (11/51556-3)
CASTRO, THIAGO; EILENBERG, JORGEN; DELALIBERA, JR., ITALO. Exploring virulence of new and less studied species of Metarhizium spp. from Brazil for two-spotted spider mite control. Experimental and Applied Acarology, v. 74, n. 2, p. 139-146, . (13/24430-4, 11/51556-3, 13/10517-0)
CASTRO, THIAGO; MAYERHOFER, JOHANNA; ENKERLI, JURG; EILENBERG, JORGEN; MEYLING, NICOLAI V.; MORAL, RAFAEL DE ANDRADE; BORGES DEMETRIO, CLARICE GARCIA; DELALIBERA, JR., ITALO. Persistence of Brazilian isolates of the entomopathogenic fungi Metarhizium anisopliae and M. robertsii in strawberry crop soil after soil drench application. AGRICULTURE ECOSYSTEMS & ENVIRONMENT, v. 233, p. 361-369, . (13/24430-4, 11/51556-3, 13/10517-0)
CONCESCHI, MARCOS ROBERTO; D'ALESSANDRO, CELESTE PAOLA; MORAL, RAFAEL DE ANDRADE; BORGES DEMETRIO, CLARICE GARCIA; DELALIBERA JUNIOR, ITALO. Transmission potential of the entomopathogenic fungi Isaria fumosorosea and Beauveria bassiana from sporulated cadavers of Diaphorina citri and Toxoptera citricida to uninfected D-citri adults. BIOCONTROL, v. 61, n. 5, p. 567-577, . (11/51556-3)
CASTRO, THIAGO; ROGGIA, SAMUEL; WEKESA, VITALIS W.; MORAL, RAFAEL DE ANDRADE; DEMETRIO, CLARICE G. B.; DELALIBERA, JR., ITALO; KLINGEN, INGEBORG. The effect of synthetic pesticides and sulfur used in conventional and organically grown strawberry and soybean on Neozygites floridana, a natural enemy of spider mites. Pest Management Science, v. 72, n. 9, p. 1752-1757, . (11/51556-3, 08/07358-0)
ARNOSTI, ANDRE; DELALIBERA JUNIOR, ITALO; CONCESCHI, MARCOS ROBERTO; D'ALESSANDRO, CELESTE PAOLA; TRAVAGLINI, RAPHAEL VACCHI; CAMARGO-MATHIAS, MARIA IZABEL. Interactions of adjuvants on adhesion and germination of Isaria fumosorosea on adults of Diaphorina citri. CIENTIA AGRICOL, v. 76, n. 6, p. 7-pg., . (11/51556-3, 14/19240-4)
ROJAS, VICTOR MANUEL AREVALO; IWANICKI, NATASHA SANTANNA; D'ALESSANDRO, CELESTE PAOLA; FATORETTO, MAIRA BLUMER; DEMETRIO, CLARICE GARCIA BORGES; DELALIBERA JR, ITALO. Characterization of Brazilian Cordyceps fumosorosea isolates: Conidial production, tolerance to ultraviolet-B radiation, and elevated temperature. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, v. 197, p. 9-pg., . (11/51556-3)
SALDARRIAGA AUSIQUE, JOHN J.; D'ALESSANDRO, CELESTE PAOLA; CONCESCHI, MARCOS ROBERTO; MASCARIN, GABRIEL MOURA; DELALIBERA JUNIOR, ITALO. Efficacy of entomopathogenic fungi against adult Diaphorina citri from laboratory to field applications. JOURNAL OF PEST SCIENCE, v. 90, n. 3, p. 947-960, . (11/51556-3)
ARNOSTI, ANDRE; DELALIBERA JUNIOR, ITALO; CONCESCHI, MARCOS ROBERTO; D'ALESSANDRO, CELESTE PAOLA; TRAVAGLINI, RAPHAEL VACCHI; CAMARGO-MATHIAS, MARIA IZABEL. Interactions of adjuvants on adhesion and germination of Isaria fumosorosea on adults of Diaphorina citri. Scientia Agricola, v. 76, n. 6, p. 487-493, . (11/51556-3, 14/19240-4)

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