Cost of Production of Telenomus remus (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae) Grown in Natural and Alternative Hosts

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Vieira, Natalia F. [UNESP]
Pomari-Fernandes, Aline
Lemes, Amanda A. F. [UNESP]
Vacari, Alessandra M. [UNESP]
De Bortoli, Sergio A. [UNESP]
Bueno, Adeney de Freitas

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Oxford Univ Press Inc


The study of the technical and economic aspects of rearing natural enemies is essential for its effective use as a biological control agent in the field. The aim of this study was to determine the cost of production of the parasitoid, Telenomus remus (Nixon; Hymenoptera: Platygastridae), reared in eggs of its natural host, Spodoptera frugiperda (J. E. Smith; Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), and the alternative host, Corcyra cephalonica (Stainton; Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). The insects were reared in accordance with their respective methodologies of laboratory rearing. The cost of production of this biocontrol agent is US$ 0.0004 when reared with S. frugiperda eggs and US$ 0.0002 with C. cephalonica eggs.



Mass rearing, biological control, fall armyworm, rice moth, parasitoid

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Journal Of Economic Entomology. Cary: Oxford Univ Press Inc, v. 110, n. 6, p. 2724-2726, 2017.