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Scent of Jasmine Attracts Alien Invaders and Records on Citizen Science Platforms: Multiple Introductions of the Invasive Lacebug Corythauma ayyari (Drake, 1933) (Heteroptera: Tingidae) in Italy and the Mediterranean Basin

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Research Centre for Plant Protection and Certification, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA-DC), Via di Lanciola 12/a, Cascine del Riccio, 50125 Firenze, Italy
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Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection, National Research Council of Italy (CNR-IPSP), Strada delle Cacce 73, 10125 Torino, Italy
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Research Centre for Viticulture and Enology, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA-VE), Via XXVIII Aprile 26, 31015 Conegliano (Treviso), Italy
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Institute of Research on Terrestrial Ecosystems, National Research Council of Italy (CNR-IRET), Via Madonna del Piano 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Firenze), Italy
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University of Palermo, Via Sandro Botticelli 15, 90144 Palermo, Italy
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Entomology, Department of Biology and Biotechnology “Charles Darwin”, Sapienza University of Rome, Piazzale Valerio Massimo 6, 00142 Roma, Italy
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Zoology, “La Specola”, Natural History Museum, University of Florence, Via Romana 17, 50125 Firenze, Italy
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Insects 2020, 11(9), 620; https://doi.org/10.3390/insects11090620
Received: 13 August 2020 / Revised: 3 September 2020 / Accepted: 7 September 2020 / Published: 10 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Citizen Science Approach for Expanding the Research on Insects)
The distribution of the lacebug Corythauma ayyari, a pest species associated to jasmine plants, has been updated using collections and citizen-science data. The path of introduction of this species in Italy has been inferred with molecular analysis. The results revealed an extent of occurrence in Italy wider than was previously known and the evidence of multiple introduction events. The work shows that citizen science can represent a further tool within the early warning information system for alien species introduction.
The jasmine lacebug Corythauma ayyari is a pest of cultivated and ornamental plants mainly associated to Jasminum spp. This invasive insect is native to Asia, and it has been recently introduced in several countries, mainly within the Mediterranean basin. Here, we updated the known distribution of this species, including five new Italian regions (Liguria, Tuscany, Latium, Apulia, and Calabria); Salamis Island in Greece, and the Occitanie region in France. Citizen-science data have significantly contributed to the knowledge on species distribution, and the online platform for sharing biodiversity information can represent an effective tool for the early detection. Molecular analyses revealed that the specimens collected in Peninsular Italy and Sicily belong to a unique clade, suggesting the possibility of a single introduction, whereas those from Menton (France) and Calabria (Southern Italy) are separated from the others and probably originate from separated introductions. View Full-Text
Keywords: alien invasive species; citizen science; occurrence; Jasminum; lacebug; ornamental plants; tingid alien invasive species; citizen science; occurrence; Jasminum; lacebug; ornamental plants; tingid
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Mazza, G.; Nerva, L.; Strangi, A.; Mori, E.; Chitarra, W.; Carapezza, A.; Mei, M.; Marianelli, L.; Roversi, P.F.; Campanaro, A.; Cianferoni, F. Scent of Jasmine Attracts Alien Invaders and Records on Citizen Science Platforms: Multiple Introductions of the Invasive Lacebug Corythauma ayyari (Drake, 1933) (Heteroptera: Tingidae) in Italy and the Mediterranean Basin. Insects 2020, 11, 620. https://doi.org/10.3390/insects11090620

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Mazza G, Nerva L, Strangi A, Mori E, Chitarra W, Carapezza A, Mei M, Marianelli L, Roversi PF, Campanaro A, Cianferoni F. Scent of Jasmine Attracts Alien Invaders and Records on Citizen Science Platforms: Multiple Introductions of the Invasive Lacebug Corythauma ayyari (Drake, 1933) (Heteroptera: Tingidae) in Italy and the Mediterranean Basin. Insects. 2020; 11(9):620. https://doi.org/10.3390/insects11090620

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Mazza, Giuseppe; Nerva, Luca; Strangi, Agostino; Mori, Emiliano; Chitarra, Walter; Carapezza, Attilio; Mei, Maurizio; Marianelli, Leonardo; Roversi, Pio F.; Campanaro, Alessandro; Cianferoni, Fabio. 2020. "Scent of Jasmine Attracts Alien Invaders and Records on Citizen Science Platforms: Multiple Introductions of the Invasive Lacebug Corythauma ayyari (Drake, 1933) (Heteroptera: Tingidae) in Italy and the Mediterranean Basin" Insects 11, no. 9: 620. https://doi.org/10.3390/insects11090620

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