, Volume 55, Issue 3, pp 321–327 | Cite as

Combining plant resistance and a natural enemy to control Amphorophora idaei

  • Carolyn MitchellEmail author
  • Scott N. Johnson
  • Stuart C. Gordon
  • A. Nicholas E. Birch
  • Stephen F. Hubbard


The European large raspberry aphid Amphorophora idaei Börner (Homoptera: Aphididae) is a virus vector of at least four plant virus complexes making it the most important aphid pest of raspberries in Northern Europe. An approach combining a bottom-up control (plant resistance) and a top-down control (an aphid parasitoid) using Aphidius ervi Haliday (Hymenoptera: Aphidiinae) was investigated in the laboratory. Aphid performance (pre-reproductive period, total reproductive output, lifespan and r m) were compared when reared on both a susceptible cultivar and a resistant cultivar with significantly poorer performance on the resistant cultivar. Parasitoid attack behaviour increased with aphid density on both cultivars, but was significantly lower on resistant plants than susceptible plants. Aphids showed a greater tendency to drop from the plant when feeding on resistant plants compared with susceptible plants. The significance of the results is discussed in the context of possible control of the aphid using these combined methods.


Aphididae Cultivar Insect herbivore Natural enemies Plant resistance 



Alison Dobson and Katrin MacKenzie for assistance and the Horticultural Development Council of the UK (SF 14) for funding. The Scottish Crop Research Institute receives funding from the Scottish Government Rural and Environment Research and Analysis Directorate (RERAD).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carolyn Mitchell
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Scott N. Johnson
    • 1
  • Stuart C. Gordon
    • 1
  • A. Nicholas E. Birch
    • 1
  • Stephen F. Hubbard
    • 2
  1. 1.SCRIDundeeUK
  2. 2.College of Life SciencesUniversity of DundeeDundeeUK

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