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Exploration of potential agents for biological control of the red palm mite, Raoiella indica Hirst (Acari: Tenuipalpidae), on coconut palms in Brazil

Grant number: 12/08148-4
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2012
Effective date (End): May 31, 2013
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Agronomy - Plant Health
Principal Investigator:Gilberto José de Moraes
Grantee:Daniel Chiaradia Oliveira
Supervisor abroad: Angsumarn Chandrapatya
Home Institution: Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : Kasetsart University (KU), Thailand  
Associated to the scholarship:12/00929-7 - Exploration of potential agents for biological control of the red palm mite, Raoiella indica Hirst (Acari: Tenuipalpidae), on coconut palms in Brazil, BP.DR

Abstract

The red palm mite, Raoiella indica Hirst, is a pest widely distributed in the tropical regions of the world, responsible for losses exceeding 50% in coconut crops. The use of natural enemies to reduce the population of this mite has been considered a promising alternative. Raoiella indica has been found at low population levels in Thailand, perhaps due to the action of its natural enemies. The objective of this research plan is to select in Thailand promising predatory mites to control of R. indica in Brazil. From June 2012 to May 2013, a study of population dynamics of R. indica and its natural enemies will be carried out on coconut palms in Thailand, to determine promising predatory mites to be further evaluated as potentially useful for the control of the pest in Brazil. In parallel, studies will be conducted in a laboratory in the same country, to estimate the level of acceptance of R. indica as prey by the most common predators found in the field. The two predators showing the best results will be sent to Brazil for further biological studies. The study will be conducted in Thailand under the direct supervision of Prof. Dr. Angsumarn Chandrapatya (Kasetsart University), and in collaboration with Dr. Manita Kongshuensin (Department of Agriculture) and Prof. Dr. Patchanee Vichitbandha (Kasetsart University). (AU)

Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
OLIVEIRA, DANIEL C.; CHANDRAPATYA, ANGSUMARN; DE MORAES, GILBERTO J. A new species of Blattisocius (Acari: Mesostigmata: Blattisociidae), with a new characterisation of the genus. Zootaxa, v. 4040, n. 1, p. 93-100, NOV 9 2015. Web of Science Citations: 2.

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