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Beyond Focal Pests: Impact of a Neonicotinoid Seed Treatment and Resistant Soybean Lines on a Non-Target Arthropod

Department of Plant Protection, Agricultural Faculty, Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam University, Avşar Campus, Kahramanmaraş 46040, Turkey
Department of Entomology 7650, North Dakota State University, PO Pox 6050, Fargo, ND 58108, USA
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Academic Editors: Michael J. Stout, Jeff Davis, Rodrigo Diaz and Julien M. Beuzelin
Insects 2016, 7(4), 64;
Received: 5 July 2016 / Revised: 28 October 2016 / Accepted: 8 November 2016 / Published: 11 November 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Integrated Pest Management)
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Integrated pest management (IPM) tactics may effectively control focal pests, but it is also important to test the compatibility of different tactics, and consider non-target organisms. We investigated the effects of a neonicotinoid seed treatment and Rag resistance genes used for soybean aphid (Aphis glycines Matsumura) control on reproduction of a non-target herbivore (twospotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae Koch) in short-term greenhouse experiments. We also examined interactions between spider mites and a specialist phytoseiid mite [Ambylseius fallacis (Garman)] and assessed the effects of a co-occurring opportunistic omnivore [Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande)] by including thrips density as a covariate. There were no interactive or main effects of the presence of Rag genes on the densities of any of the arthropods. Overall, effects of the seed treatment on spider mite densities varied, with no difference when mites were confined in clip cages, and higher populations on seed-treated plants when on whole plants. Predatory mites had a consistent negative impact on spider mites, and densities of A. fallacis immatures were similar between seed treated and non-seed treated plants. However, the relationship between spider mite and thrips densities was different between these two plant types, but only in the clip cage experiment lacking predatory mites. This research highlights the importance of considering how IPM tactics might affect non-target organisms. View Full-Text
Keywords: thiamethoxam; host plant resistance; Tetranychus urticae; Ambylseius fallacis thiamethoxam; host plant resistance; Tetranychus urticae; Ambylseius fallacis

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Özsisli, T.; Prischmann-Voldseth, D.A. Beyond Focal Pests: Impact of a Neonicotinoid Seed Treatment and Resistant Soybean Lines on a Non-Target Arthropod. Insects 2016, 7, 64.

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