, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 225–236 | Cite as

Detecting variability and selecting for pesticide resistance in two species of phytoseiid mites

  • N. P. Markwick


Methods used for evaluating the effects of pesticides and selecting for pesticide resistance in phytoseiid mites are reviewed from recent literature. In particular slide dip, leaf dip, and leaf disc spray methods are compared. The selection of predatory mites (Typhlodromus pyri Scheuten andPhytoseiulus persimilis Athias-Henriot) for resistance to 3 synthetic pyrethroids (SP-cypermethrin, deltamethrin, and fenvalerate) is described. Tolerance of field populations to all 3 SP was low inP. persimilis but moderate inT. pyri. Field samples of both mite species on leaf discs were sprayed and the survivors were reared in laboratory and/or glasshouse cultures. These cultures were sprayed with repeated doses of SP; initiallyT. pyri was selected with cypermethrin andP. persimilis with fenvalerate. The survival rate ofT. pyri increased at each selection. After 6 selections the survival rate of the laboratory culture was 10 times that of the original field samples. Tests indicated crossresistance inT. pyri to fenvalerate and deltamethrin. Selection with cypermethrin is continuing. In the first 12 months repeated selections ofP. persimilis with fenvalerate gave no significant change in survival rate.


Typhlodromus pyri Phytoseiulus persimilis synthetic pyrethroids variability selection LC50 IPM 


Les méthodes utilisées pour évaluer les effets des pesticides et pour sélectionner la résistance à ces mêmes produits, des acariens phytoseiides sont analysées d'après la littérature récente. La sélection des acariens prédateurs (Typhlodromus pyri S{upcheuten} etPhytoseiulus persimilis A{upthias}-H{upenriot}) pour leur résistance aux 3 pyréthrinoides de synthèse (cyperméthrine, deltaméthrine et fenvalerate) est décrite. La tolérance des populations naturelles aux 3 pyréthrinoides de synthèse était basse pourP. persimilis, mais modérée pourT. pyri. Les échantillons des 2 espèces d'acariens prélevés à l'extérieur furent traitès sur des disques de feuilles et les survivants furent élevés au laboratoire et/ou dans des cultures en serre. Ces élevages furent traités avec des doses répétées d'un pyréthrinoide, cyperméthrine initialement pourT. pyri et fenvalerate pourP. persimilis. Le taux de survie deT. pyri augmentait à chaque sélection. Après 6 sélections, le taux de survie de l'élevage de laboratoire était 10 fois celui des échantillons d'origine. Les essais révélaient une résistance croisée deT. pyri à la fenvalerate et à la deltaméthrine. La sélection avec la cyperméthrine se poursuit. Au cours des 12 premiers mois, les sélections répétées deP. persimilis avec la fenvalerate ne donnait pas de changement significatif dans le taux de survie.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. P. Markwick
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  1. 1.Entomology DivisionDepartment of Scientific and Industrial ResearchAuckland

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