Developing an artificial diet for rearing Orius albidipennis Reuter (Het., Anthocoridae)
Ali Rajabpour 1, A-F
Amin Mehrnia 3, A-B
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Department of Plant Protection, Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources University of Khuzestan, Mollasani, Ahvaz, Khuzestan province, Iran
Department of Plant Protection, Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Ahvaz, Khuzestan province, Iran
Department of Food Technology, Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources University of Khuzestan, Mollasani, Ahvaz, Khuzestan province, Iran
A - Research concept and design; B - Collection and/or assembly of data; C - Data analysis and interpretation; D - Writing the article; E - Critical revision of the article; F - Final approval of article
Submission date: 2018-05-17
Acceptance date: 2018-08-01
Online publication date: 2018-09-28
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Ali Rajabpour   

Department of Plant Protection, Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources University of Khuzestan, Mollasani, Ahvaz, Khuzestan province, Iran
Journal of Plant Protection Research 2018;58(3):276-281
The use of suitable mass rearing methods is crucial to establish successful inundative or inoculative biological control programs. The development of an artificial diet considerably reduces costs of mass rearing. In this study, the efficacy of a new meridic artificial diet for rearing the predatory bug, Orius albidipennis (Het., Anthocoridae), was studied. The artificial diet was composed of some natural materials including lamb liver, hen yolk, whey protein, honey, royal jelly and some specific vitamins. To determine the artificial diet efficacy life table parameters of the bugs, using the two-sex life table method, fed artificial and factitious diets, Ephestia kuehniella egg + date palm pollen, were compared. Results showed that O. albidipennis could complete its life stages and reproduce when reared on the recommended artificial diet. However, its fecundity and survival rate when fed the artificial diet was lower than the controls. Overall, due to lower production costs the artificial diet can be recommended for mass rearing of O. albidipennis despite the lower fecundity and survival rate.
The authors have declared that no conflict of interests exist.
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