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Aleurocanthus spiniferus (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) in Some European Countries: Diffusion, Hosts, Molecular Characterization, and Natural Enemies

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National Research Council (CNR), Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection, 80055 Portici, Italy
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Department of Soil, Plant and Food Sciences, University of Bari Aldo Moro, 70126 Bari, Italy
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Department of Agriculture, University of Naples Federico II, 80055 Portici, Italy
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Plant Protection Service, Section Entomology, 6700 HC Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Insects 2020, 11(1), 42; https://doi.org/10.3390/insects11010042
Received: 25 November 2019 / Revised: 26 December 2019 / Accepted: 4 January 2020 / Published: 7 January 2020
After the first record in 2008 in Southeast Italy, the alien invasive and quarantine pest Aleurocanthus spiniferus (orange spiny whitefly—OSW) has gradually spread throughout Europe, infesting several new host plants in addition to the known hosts. Molecular characterization of some Italian populations and a newly found Albanian population highlighted two different haplotypes invading Europe, belonging to one of the haplogroups previously recorded in China. A predator was recorded for the first time in several fields in Italy in association with OSW and other whitefly species. It was successively identified through a morpho-molecular characterization as a Nearctic member of the tribe Serangiini, the ladybird beetle, Delphastus catalinae. This predator represents a promising biocontrol agent to manage A. spiniferus outbreaks in Italy and other invaded countries. View Full-Text
Keywords: CBC; Citrus; grape; stone and pome fruit tree pest CBC; Citrus; grape; stone and pome fruit tree pest
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Nugnes, F.; Laudonia, S.; Jesu, G.; Jansen, M.G.M.; Bernardo, U.; Porcelli, F. Aleurocanthus spiniferus (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) in Some European Countries: Diffusion, Hosts, Molecular Characterization, and Natural Enemies. Insects 2020, 11, 42.

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