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Insects 2019, 10(4), 85; https://doi.org/10.3390/insects10040085

Habrobracon hebetor and Pteromalus cerealellae as Tools in Post-Harvest Integrated Pest Management

Agricultural Research Station, Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA 31030, USA
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Received: 24 February 2018 / Revised: 19 March 2019 / Accepted: 23 March 2019 / Published: 27 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Improving Stored Product Insect Pest Management)
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Abstract

Consumers are increasingly demanding pesticide-free grain/legumes and processed foods. Additionally, there are more restrictions, or complete loss, of insecticides labelled for use in managing stored grain insects in post-harvest ecosystems. Suppression of post-harvest pests using parasitic wasps is a more sustainable alternative than chemical pesticides. Habrobracon hebetor (Say) (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) and Pteromalus cerealellae Ashmead (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae) are two important parasitoids that limit economically important pests of stored products. Host searching ability and reproductive performances of H. hebetor and P. cerealellae depend on a wide range of factors, such as host species, commodities, and environmental conditions. Further, use of entomopathogens can complement the ability of parasitoids to regulate pest populations. This review provides information on aspects of H. hebetor and P. cerealellae biology and successful regulation of post-harvest pest populations. View Full-Text
Keywords: pesticide residue; post-harvest pest; parasitoid; entomopathogens; commodities pesticide residue; post-harvest pest; parasitoid; entomopathogens; commodities
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Mbata, G.N.; Warsi, S. Habrobracon hebetor and Pteromalus cerealellae as Tools in Post-Harvest Integrated Pest Management. Insects 2019, 10, 85.

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