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Report of a larval parasitoid of Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) from Iran
 
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Department of Plant Breeding, Faculty of Agriculture, Persian Gulf University, P.O. Box 75169–13798, Bushehr, Iran
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Department of Plant Protection, East-Azarbaijan Research Center of Agriculture and Natural Resources, P.O. Box 53551–79854, Tabriz, Iran
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Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, Razi University, P.O. Box 85438– 67156, Kermanshah, Iran
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Fariba Sohrabi
Department of Plant Breeding, Faculty of Agriculture, Persian Gulf University, P.O. Box 75169–13798, Bushehr, Iran
Submission date: 2014-02-13
Acceptance date: 2014-08-11
 
Journal of Plant Protection Research 2014;54(3):306–307
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The tomato leafminer Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) is one of the most devastating pests of greenhouse and outdoor tomato crops. Since it is a newly introduced pest in Iran, there is an important need to search for its natural enemies. In the course of a survey on the natural enemies of this pest, samplings were carried out in tomato greenhouses heavily infested with the tomato leafminer, in the Borazjan region of the Bushehr province in Iran. Leaves with mines were reared in the laboratory until emergence of parasitoids. A single parasitoid species of the family Eulophidae was reared and identified as Neochrysocharis formosus (Westwood 1833). This species is reported for the first time on the tomato leafminer in Iran. Such information may help in developing biological control programs to control this serious pest.
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