Nesidiocoris tenuis (Reuter) (Heteroptera: Miridae), a predatory species of the tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) in Iran
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Department of Plant Breeding, Faculty of Agriculture, Persian Gulf University, P.O. Box 75169-13798, Busher, Iran
Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, Guilan University, 41889-58643 Guilan, Iran
Submission date: 2015-01-28
Acceptance date: 2015-06-19
Corresponding author
Fariba Sohrabi
Department of Plant Breeding, Faculty of Agriculture, Persian Gulf University, P.O. Box 75169-13798, Busher, Iran
Journal of Plant Protection Research 2015;55(3):322-323
The tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta (Meyrick), is a major worldwide pest of tomato crops, both in the greenhouse and in open field cultivations. Since this pest’s new introduction in Iran, it has caused extensive damage. Chemicals have mainly been used to control this pest. The purpose of our research was to identify the indigenous predators of the tomato leafminer, associated with tomato in the Borazjan region of the Bushehr province, Iran. From March to May 2014, infested tomato leaves were collected from protected tomato crops. A predator species from the family Miridae was found, reared, and identified as Nesidiocoris tenuis (Reuter 1895). This species is reported for the first time on tomato leafminer in Iran. Identification of important natural enemies provides a scientific basis for including these predators in the biological programs against this pest.
The authors have declared that no conflict of interests exist.
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