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Reis P.R.,EPAMIG EcoCentro | Franco R.A.,Bioagri Laboratorios Ltda | Silva F.M.A.,DuPont Company
Coffee Science | Year: 2011

Among the predaceous mites, those of the Phytoseiidae family are the most important and studied. The phytophagous mites Brevipalpus phoenicis (Geijskes, 1939) (Tenuipalpidae) and Oligonychus ilicis (McGregor, 1917) (Tetranychidae), on coffee trees (Coffea spp.), are frequently found in combination with the predaceous mites Iphiseiodes zuluagai Denmark & Muma, 1972, Amblyseius herbicolus (Chant, 1959) and Euseius citrifolius Denmark & Muma, 1970, among others. The purpose of this research was to study the effects of the insecticide rynaxypyr (chlorantraniliprole 200 SC) on these three species of Phytoseiidae, relevant to coffee and citrus, following standard laboratory procedures. Mated female mites were exposed to fresh-dried residues on a glass surface, with 7 treatments, 5 mites per glass plate and 6 replicates, in a completely randomized experimental design. Each test lasted 8 days, with a daily count of the surviving females and of eggs laid. Rynaxypyr, in all tested concentrations (15, 30, 50, 100 and 500 mg a.i./liter of water), was selective for the studied species, A. herbicolus, I. zuluagai, and E. citrifolius. Overall the treatments resulted in low mortality rates and negligible impact on the reproduction. Therefore, based on IOBC standards, rynaxypyr can be classified as not harmful (Class 1), comparable to the agrochemical hexythiazox equivalent to a harmless standard of selectivity in the laboratory. Rynaxypyr is therefore a complement to programs of integrated pest management, to preserve the populations of predatory mites in crops of coffee and citrus, among others, in Brazil.

Fracacio R.,Sao Paulo State University | Dias G.S.,Bioagri Laboratorios Ltda | Zagatto P.A.,Bioagri Laboratorios Ltda | Bidinotto P.M.,Bioagri Laboratorios Ltda | Silva P.,Bioagri Laboratorios Ltda
Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety | Year: 2011

The aim of this study was to assess the influence of four diets on the laboratory cultivation of H. azteca, seeking to improve production of young specimens through reduced mortality and better growth and number of offspring per couple. The best diet was composed of a mixture of diluted commercial fish food, diluted yeast and primrose oil, associated with fish food flakes containing spirulina. With this diet the maximum mortality was 25 percent (at the end of 28 days), the average number of offspring/couple was 11.4±2.8 (at the end of twelve days) and the peak weight and length of the males (at the end of 40 days) were 0.930μg and 5.26±1.1 mm, respectively. © 2011 Elsevier Inc.

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