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Entomophaga

, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp 459–463 | Cite as

Host specificity ofAceria (Eriophyes) malherbe, [Acari: Eriophyidae], a biological control agent for the weed,Convolvulus arvensis [Convolvulaceae]

  • S. S. Rosenthal
  • B. E. Platts
Article

Abstract

The host specificity of the gall mite,Aceria (Eriophyes) malherbe (Nalepa), from Greece was studied under quarantine conditions at Albany, California USA. Of the species, ecotypes, or strains tested, onlyConvolvulus andCalystegia spp. supported gall formation and mite reproduction. Although 2 of the native, North AmericanCalystegia species that served as laboratory hosts are threatened or endangered species,A. malherbe is considered safe for release in the USA as a biological control agent of the weed,Convolvulus arvensis (L.).

Key-words

Biological control weeds Eriophyidae field bindweed Convolvulus 

Résumé

La spécificité de l'ériophyide,Aceria (Eriophyes) convolvuli (Nalepa) originaire de Grèce a été étudiée en quarantaine à Albany, Californie, Etats-Unis. L'acarien attaque et se reproduit sur quelques espèces deConvolvulus etCalystegia seulement.A. convolvuli peut se développer sur deux espèces deCalystegia de distribution limitée en Amérique du Nord. L'ériophyide est considéré comme acceptable pour un lâcher aux Etats-Unis comme agent de lutte biologique contreConvolvulus arvensis.

Mots Clés

lutte biologique mauvaises herbes Eriophyidae liseron Convolvulus 

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© Lavoisier Abonnements 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. S. Rosenthal
    • 1
  • B. E. Platts
    • 1
  1. 1.Agricultural Research Service, Biological Control of WeedsU.S. Department of AgricultureUSA

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