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Development of a mass rearing system of the predator Orius insidiosus (Say) (Hemiptera: Anthocoridae)

Abstract

Biological control is an alternative method for pest control using natural enemies and/or entomopathogen; this control method has been vertiginous developed in the modern world because it is less aggressive to the environment and man, due it has no negative effects of pesticides. In Brazil this method of control is a reality, large areas have been treated with biological control agents, but given the proportions of agriculture practiced in Brazil, these areas account for less than 1% of the cultivated area in the country. Among the biological control agents used in Brazil stand out parasitoids (Trichogramma sp., Cotesia flavipes), entomopathogen (Beauveria bassiana, Metarrhyzium anysoplae and Baculovirus), as predators agents, the most commonly used belong to the subphylum Acari, few or virtually no predator insect is used on a commercial scale in Brazil. This proposal will address methods for mass production and marketing of Orius insidious, a generalist predator already used commercially in other countries. (AU)

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