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See detailBiological control of aphids in wheat and vegetable crops : a multi-approach case study in Shandong province (China)
Chevalier Mendes Lopes, Thomas ULg; Bosquée, Emilie ULg; Chen, Julian et al

Poster (2014, April 02)

This multi-approach study was conducted in the Shandong province (China) to assess the effectiveness of different biological control methods against aphids in wheat and vegetable crops. Three approaches ... [more ▼]

This multi-approach study was conducted in the Shandong province (China) to assess the effectiveness of different biological control methods against aphids in wheat and vegetable crops. Three approaches were tested: (1) wheat/oilseed rape and wheat/pea associations, (2) potatoes/peas association, and (3) E-β-farnesene (aphid alarm pheromone) releasers in squashes under plastic tunnels. Aphids and aphidophagous beneficials were monitored by observations on plants. Wheat associations and E-β-farnesene reduced aphid infestations compared with control treatments, while no effect was observed in the potatoes/peas association. Moreover, aphidophagous beneficials were significantly more abundant in the three kinds of associations compared with control treatments. Few individuals were observed on squashes. Additionally, adult aphidophagous beneficials were monitored using yellow pan traps. The parasitoid species Aphidius gifuensis (Ashmead) was prevalent, while Propylea japonica (Thunberg) and Harmonia axyridis (Pallas) were the most abundant species among predators. Globally, wheat associations were more efficient to reduce aphid infestations and attract aphidophagous beneficials to promote biological control. The trapping of natural enemies allowed to assess the diversity and abundance of aphidophagous species in this region. This study shows a beneficial effect of crop associations and E-β-farnesene on the control of aphid populations and contributes to assess the potentialities of these alternative methods to the use of insecticides. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation de la diversité de l’entomofaune en cultures maraîchères dans l’est de la Chine
Polo Lozano, Damien ULg; Bosquée, Emilie ULg; Chevalier Mendes Lopes, Thomas ULg et al

in Entomologie Faunistique = Faunistic Entomology (2013), 66

Within the framework of research aimed at developing biological control in vegetable crops in Shandong province in China, a pest and associated auxiliary entomophagous insects monitoring was conducted to ... [more ▼]

Within the framework of research aimed at developing biological control in vegetable crops in Shandong province in China, a pest and associated auxiliary entomophagous insects monitoring was conducted to determine entomological groups of agricultural interest and compare them to the situation in Belgium. The diversity and abundance of the entomofauna were assessed in potato and zucchini fields between May 9th and June 13th, 2011, using yellow traps and in situ observations on host plants. A total of 36 466 and 34 806 insects were trapped or observed on the plants in zucchini and potato fields, respectively. Ten orders and more than sixty families in each crop were identified. Aphids widely predominated in the traps and exerted a strong pressure on both crops early in the season. Other families of pests have been identified but no specific pest of these two crops and the investigated region is among the collections. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of Garlic Intercropping or Active Emitted Volatiles in Releasers on Aphid and Related Beneficial in Wheat Fields in China
Haibo, Zhou; Chen, Julian; Yong, Liu et al

in Journal of Integrative Agriculture (2013), 12(3)

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See detailEvaluation de la diversité des pucerons et de leurs ennemis naturels en cultures maraîchères dans l’est de la Chine
Chevalier Mendes Lopes, Thomas ULg; Bosquée, Emilie ULg; Polo Lozano, Damien ULg et al

in Entomologie Faunistique = Faunistic Entomology (2012), 64(3), 63-71

The aim of this study was to evaluate the diversity and abundance of aphids and aphidophagous beneficials in courgettes and potato fields in the Shandong province, East of China. The assessment of aphid ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to evaluate the diversity and abundance of aphids and aphidophagous beneficials in courgettes and potato fields in the Shandong province, East of China. The assessment of aphid and related beneficial populations was conducted between May 9th and June 13th, 2011, using yellow traps and in situ observations on plants. A total of 53,206 insects were trapped and 35,144 observed on the plants. Aphids widely predominated in the traps and exerted a strong pressure on both crops early in the season. Two main species were identified on the plants, namely Aphis gossypii on the courgettes and Myzus persicae on the potatoes. Ladybirds were the most abundant aphidophagous predators, especially Coccinella septempunctata on the courgettes and Propylea japonica on the potato fields, the first one being earlier than the second. Only few hoverflies and lacewings were captured. Microhymenoptera appeared later in the season. The Aphidius gifuensis species represented the majority of trapped Braconidae, while the family Aphelinidae contained the largest number of individuals in the aphidiphagous. [less ▲]

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See detailE-b-farnesene synergizes the influence of an insecticide to improve control of cabbage aphids in China
Cui, L.L; Dong, J.; Francis, Frédéric ULg et al

in Crop Protection (2012)

Extensive use of pesticides to control insect pests can have negative effects on the environment, natural enemies and food safety. The aphid alarm pheromone, E-b-farnesene (Ebf), appears to hold strong ... [more ▼]

Extensive use of pesticides to control insect pests can have negative effects on the environment, natural enemies and food safety. The aphid alarm pheromone, E-b-farnesene (Ebf), appears to hold strong potential for controlling a wide variety of aphid pests. To understand the control potential of Ebf, we used field experiments in a factorial design to test its influence and that of the insecticide imidacloprid on populations of aphids Lipaphis erysimi (Kaltenbach) and Myzus persicae (Sulzer) on Chinese cabbage, Brassica rapa pekinensis (Brassicales: Brassicaceae). Our results showed imidacloprid treatment alone can significantly decrease aphid populations, and that combining insecticide with Ebf further reduced numbers of apterous aphids at distances of 5 m from pheromone emitters in two years of our experiments. Our results demonstrate that imidacloprid can be effective in reducing the abundance of aphids in Chinese cabbage fields, but the degree of control can be even stronger in the presence of Ebf. [less ▲]

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See detailFarming systems in the sandy area of the Thua Thien Hue Province, Central Vietnam, survey of socio-economic situation and constraints identified by farmers
Pham Khanh, Tu; Hoang Thi Thai, Hoa; Hoang Nghia, Duyet et al

in Improving food crop productivity in the coastal sandy area of the Thua Thien Hue Province Central Vietnam : Vietnam-Belgium interuniversity project 2004-2009 (2009)

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