Tamarixia radiata Behaviour is Influenced by Volatiles from Both Plants and Diaphorina citri Nymphs
AbstractTamarixia radiata (Waterston) is an important ectoparasitoid of the Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri Kuwayama, a globally destructive pest of citrus. In the present study, a Y-tube olfactometer was employed to investigate whether the parasitoid T. radiata is capable of utilizing the odour source emitted by both plants and insect hosts during its foraging. The odour sources included Murraya paniculata (L.) shoots, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th D. citri instar nymphs, both individually and in combinations. Moreover, nymph-stage choice for parasitism, including 3rd, 4th, and 5th D. citri instar nymphs, was carried out. The results indicated that female T. radiata were only significantly attracted to volatiles emitted by M. paniculata shoots, 3rd, 4th, and 5th instar nymphs of D. citri, but could not distinguish between them. T. radiata males were not attracted by odours sourced from any instar D. citri nymphs. Female T. radiata adults exhibited a significant preference to later instar nymphal stages of D. citri for oviposition. The results from this study can be used to guide further investigations on the searching behaviour of this parasitoid and its utilization in D. citri biocontrol. View Full-Text
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Liu, Y.-M.; Guo, S.-H.; Wang, F.-F.; Zhang, L.-H.; Guo, C.-F.; Cuthbertson, A.G.S.; Qiu, B.-L.; Sang, W. Tamarixia radiata Behaviour is Influenced by Volatiles from Both Plants and Diaphorina citri Nymphs. Insects 2019, 10, 141.
Liu Y-M, Guo S-H, Wang F-F, Zhang L-H, Guo C-F, Cuthbertson AGS, Qiu B-L, Sang W. Tamarixia radiata Behaviour is Influenced by Volatiles from Both Plants and Diaphorina citri Nymphs. Insects. 2019; 10(5):141.Chicago/Turabian Style
Liu, Yan-Mei; Guo, Shu-Hao; Wang, Fei-Feng; Zhang, Li-He; Guo, Chang-Fei; Cuthbertson, Andrew G.S.; Qiu, Bao-Li; Sang, Wen. 2019. "Tamarixia radiata Behaviour is Influenced by Volatiles from Both Plants and Diaphorina citri Nymphs." Insects 10, no. 5: 141.
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