Negative effects of strain hybridisation on the biocontrol agent <i>Microctonus aethiopoides</i>
AbstractClover root weevil Sitona lepidus remains a threat to New Zealands whiteclover based pastoral production system Unfortunately the New Zealandestablished strain of M aethiopoides (originally from Morocco) active against Sitona discoideus has been found to have no potential as a control agent against S lepidus It was therefore unexpected that a European strain of M aethiopoides was found to be highly active against the weevil This contribution examined the effect of Moroccan x European strain crosses on the value of M aethiopoides as a control agent of S discoideus and S lepidus It was found that such strain hybridisation led to significant reductions in the impact of this parasitoid species as a control agent against either S lepidus or S discoideus The widespread implications of this finding for biological control are discussed
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Goldson, S.L., M.R. McNeill, and J.R. Proffitt. “Gt”;. New Zealand Plant Protection 56 (August 1, 2003): 138–142. Accessed July 26, 2021. https://journal.nzpps.org/index.php/nzpp/article/view/6055.