First record of mites associated with lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus L.)
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Center of Agrarian Sciences-Entomology, University Federal of Piauí (UFPI), Brazil
Department of Phytotechnology/Entomology of the University Federal of Ceara, Brazil
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Submission date: 2019-01-17
Acceptance date: 2019-09-12
Online publication date: 2019-10-11
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Solange Maria de França   

Center of Agrarian Sciences-Entomology, University Federal of Piauí (UFPI), Brazil
Journal of Plant Protection Research 2019;59(3):418-422
Pest mites of the family Tetranychidae are commonly reported in several legumes. However, reports of their occurrence in lima beans are insipient, especially in Brazil. The objective of this research was to record the occurrence of mites in lima bean plants and to describe their damage in this Fabaceae. Tetranychus neocaledonicus André and Mononychellus planki McGregor were found in lima bean plants, Phaseolus lunatus (Fabaceae or Leguminosae). The lima bean plants, when infested by these mites, initially exhibit small whitish spots in the leaflets, which with increasing population density rapidly evolve into chlorotic patches, followed by silvering, and may dry out and fall due to their overfeeding. The extent of the damage caused to lima bean plants and the adaptability of the mite to warm and dry conditions indicate that T. neocaledonicus has greater potential as a lima bean pest than M. planki in northeastern Brazil. This is the first record of these mites associated with P. lunatus.
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