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Influence of initial genetic variation of Trichogramma pretiosum Riley 1879 in its field performance

Grant number: 12/07841-8
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): June 26, 2012
Effective date (End): September 25, 2012
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Agronomy
Principal Investigator:José Roberto Postali Parra
Grantee:Aloisio Coelho Junior
Supervisor abroad: Richard Stouthamer
Home Institution: Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : University of California, Riverside (UCR), United States  
Associated to the scholarship:11/17397-5 - Genetic variability of Trichogramma pretiosum Riley, 1879, in its role as a biological control agent, BP.DR

Abstract

In the literature many researchers dedicated to studying the importance of aspects and implications of genetic variability in populations of insects used in biological control programs. However, few studies assess the influence of this factor in field performance of the insects used in biological control programs. The knowledge of the implications of genetic variability in populations of natural enemies, especially parasitoids, it is vitally important for the optimization of biological control programs. Thus, this proposal, which is a partnership between the University of Sao Paulo and University of California-Riverside, aims to determine the influence of mitochondrial region, strain and time on field performance of Trichogramma pretiosum Riley in 1879. (AU)