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Influence of predaceous mites of the family Phytoseiidae on interactions among vector mite, leprosis virus and citrus plant

Grant number: 09/08789-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2009
Effective date (End): August 31, 2013
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Agronomy - Plant Health
Principal researcher:Mário Eidi Sato
Grantee:Marcos Zatti da Silva
Home Institution: Instituto Biológico (IB). Agência Paulista de Tecnologia dos Agronegócios (APTA). Secretaria de Agricultura e Abastecimento (São Paulo - Estado). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:08/52691-9 - Management of citrus leprosis, AP.TEM


Brazil is considered the world's largest citrus grower and orange juice exporter. Although it is competitive, the Brazilian citriculture is vulnerable, in function of constant threats from pests and diseases, which, in certain circumstances, may become limiting factors to the production. Among the pests of economic importance, the mite Brevipalpus phoenicis (Geijskes), vector of Citrus leprosis virus (CiLV), is considered one of the main pests, responsible for a significant portion of citrus production cost in Brazil, because of the necessity of frequent acaricide applications for its control. Among the biological control agents, the mites of the family Phytoseiidae are the most important, being highly effective against the leprosis mite. The objective of this project is to evaluate the influence of predaceous mites of the family Phytoseiidae on the interactions among the vector mite (B. phoenicis), Citrus leprosis virus (CiLV) and citrus plants. Studies on the influence of predaceous mites on the interactions among the vector mite (B. phoenicis), Citrus leprosis virus (CiLV) and citrus plants are totally original in Brazil, and may generate relevant information for the establishment of leprosis management in citrus in the country, aiming at the reduction of the problems caused by the disease. (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)
DA SILVA, MARCOS ZATTI; SATO, MARIO EIDI; LEITE DE OLIVEIRA, CARLOS AMADEU; NICASTRO, ROBERTO LOMBA. Interspecific interactions involving Neoseiulus californicus (Acari: Phytoseiidae) and Agistemus brasiliensis (Acari: Stigmaeidae) as predators of Brevipalpus phoenicis (Acari: Tenuipalpidae). Experimental and Applied Acarology, v. 65, n. 3, p. 319-329, MAR 2015. Web of Science Citations: 2.
NICASTRO, ROBERTO LOMBA; SATO, MARIO EIDI; DA SILVA, MARCOS ZATTI. Fitness costs associated with milbemectin resistance in the two-spotted spider mite Tetranychus urticae. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PEST MANAGEMENT, v. 57, n. 3, p. 223-228, 2011. Web of Science Citations: 7.

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