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Prospecting of edaphic predatory mites in the different biomes of Brazil

Grant number: 19/18648-3
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2019
Effective date (End): August 31, 2020
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Agronomy - Plant Health
Principal Investigator:Gilberto José de Moraes
Grantee:Tais Cabrera
Host Institution: Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:17/12004-1 - Edaphic mites: diversity, relationship with the microbiota and ecology in natural and cultivated areas in Brazil, with the preparation of databases and keys to identify selected groups, AP.BTA.TEM


The main objective of the project to which this plan refers is the knowledge of the diversity of edaphic mites in areas of natural vegetation and areas of agroecosystems. However, this larger project also has as one of its objectives to detect predatory mites that can be used in practice as biological pest control agents. For this to be accomplished, it is necessary to establish colonies of the selected predators so that they are evaluated in the laboratory, when in the presence of pest/parasite indicative species of agricultural interest. Several studies similar to this have been conducted by the proponent team of this project. The actions planned for this proposal complement actions conducted by the principal and associated researchers of the project bigger.

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