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Biological control of Miconia calvescens by phytophagous arthropods

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dc.contributor.authorPicanço, Marcelo Coutinhoen_US
dc.contributor.authorBarreto, Robert Weingarten_US
dc.contributor.authorFidelis, Elisangela Gomesen_US
dc.contributor.authorSemeão, Altair Arlindoen_US
dc.contributor.authorRosado, Jander Fagundesen_US
dc.contributor.authorMoreno, Shaiene Costaen_US
dc.contributor.authorde Barros, Emersom Cristien_US
dc.contributor.authorSilva, Gerson Adrianoen_US
dc.contributor.authorJohnson, Tracyen_US
dc.identifier.citationPicanco MC, Barreto RW, Fidelis EG, Semeao AA, Rosado JF, Moreno SC, de Barros EC, Silva GA, Johnson T. 2005. Biological control of Miconia calvescens by phytophagous arthropods. Honolulu (HI): Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Botany. PCSU Technical Report, 134.en_US
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dc.description.abstractMore than 60 species of arthropods were found associated with Miconia calvescens at two Brazilian sites in a one-year survey for potential biological control agents within the weed’s native range in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Fifty-one insect species were collected, a majority of them phytophagous. Among the sap and cell feeders were two whitefly, a thrips species Heliothrips sp.n. (Thysanoptera: Thripidae), a psyllid Diclidophlebia sp. (Hemiptera: Psyllidae), an aphid species, and six species of leaf hoppers (five were species of Cicadellidae and one species of Flatidae). The psyllid and leaf hoppers appeared to warrant further evaluation, especially for their possible association with a lethal phytoplasm disease. Defoliators causing substantial damage included the leaf-roller Ategumia sp. (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) and Druentia cf. inscita (Lepidoptera: Mimallonidae), a sawfly Atomacera petroa (Hymenoptera: Argidae), and the leaf-cutter ant Atta sexdens rubropilosa. Stem-boring insects were discovered in low numbers and included an Agrilus sp. (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) that may be capable of killing stems. An Apion sp. (Coleoptera: Brentidae) was found associated with inflorescences. These collections include many species not discovered in earlier surveys of miconia in Brazil and Costa Rica, suggesting that additional potential arthropod agents await discovery in areas not yet explored.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipU.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Discipline, Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center; Haleakala National Park, U.S. National Park Service; Hawaii Department of Agriculture by means of RCUH-FUNARBE cooperative agreementen_US
dc.publisherPacific Cooperative Studies Unit, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Botanyen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesTechnical Reporten_US
dc.subject.lcshBiological pest control agents.en_US
dc.subject.lcshInvasive plants -- Biological control.en_US
dc.subject.lcshMiconia calvescens -- Biological control.en_US
dc.subject.lcshMiconia calvescens -- Diseases and pests.en_US
dc.titleBiological control of Miconia calvescens by phytophagous arthropodsen_US
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