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Predatory Insects

Abstract

Augmentative biocontrol demands the large-scale rearing of natural enemies, requiring efficient production methods over the entire process, from the choice of the control agent and its release on the crop to monitoring its efficiency in reducing the population of the target pest. The demands on obtaining a quality product at a low cost is the biggest challenge for producing natural enemies, and all efforts must be directed towards finding a low-cost production. In recent years, the market for natural enemies in general and of predatory insects in particular has increased in the countries of the Neotropical region. In this chapter, we address the rearing techniques and strategies for release of predatory insects focusing on the species researched in Brazil and other countries of Latin America. We also present information on predatory species produced and commercialized by Brazilian and Latin American companies, emphasizing aspects related to quality control and commercialization.

Keywords

  • Large-scale production
  • Mass production
  • Quality control
  • Production costs
  • Predator mass rearing

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The authors gratefully thank the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) for granting scholarships to B. Souza, the Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES), and the Foundation for Research Support of the State of Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG) for financial support.

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Souza, B., Bezerra, C.E.S. (2019). Predatory Insects. In: Souza, B., Vázquez, L., Marucci, R. (eds) Natural Enemies of Insect Pests in Neotropical Agroecosystems. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24733-1_15

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