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Climate 2017, 5(3), 75; doi:10.3390/cli5030075

Mapping the Potential Global Range of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, Halyomorpha halys, with Particular Reference to New Zealand

Environmental and Animal Sciences Practice Pathway, Unitec Institute of Technology, Private Bag 92025, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
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Received: 13 July 2017 / Revised: 25 August 2017 / Accepted: 13 September 2017 / Published: 20 September 2017
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Abstract

Originating from Asia, the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is a significant pest of horticultural/agricultural crops, grapes, woody ornamental and herbaceous plants, and is also a nuisance to people, due to its overwintering behavior in human habitation. The global range of this pest is steadily increasing and previous predictions of environmental suitability have shown New Zealand to be highly suitable. Due to the economic value of horticultural and agricultural industries to the New Zealand economy, it is vital to understand the range of potential risk within the country. Global and New Zealand potential suitability for BMSB was modeled using three algorithms and the resulting predictions ensembled to predict the potential range under current climatic conditions and under trajectories of future low (Representative Concentration Pathways, RCP, 2.6) and high (RCP 8.5) greenhouse gas emissions for both 2050 and 2070. Under current conditions, models showed a high global suitability within latitudes 25°–50° N, southern South America, southeast and southwest regions of Australia and large areas of New Zealand. Modeling the effect of climate change on BMSB range in New Zealand resulted in a southerly range shift over time, particularly with high emissions trajectory. Currently, BMSB is not established in New Zealand and it is vital that this remains the case. View Full-Text
Keywords: brown marmorated stink bug; insect; pest; modeling; range; global; New Zealand; climate change brown marmorated stink bug; insect; pest; modeling; range; global; New Zealand; climate change
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Fraser, D.; Kumar, S.; Aguilar, G. Mapping the Potential Global Range of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, Halyomorpha halys, with Particular Reference to New Zealand. Climate 2017, 5, 75.

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