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Ciência Rural

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FERREIRA FILHO, Pedro José et al. Population dinamics of red gum lerp psyllid, Glycaspis brimblecombei (Moore, 1964) (Hemiptera: Psyllidae) and its parasitoid, Psyllaephagus bliteus (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae), in Eucalyptus camaldulensis plantation. Cienc. Rural [online]. 2008, vol.38, n.8, pp. 2109-2114. ISSN 1678-4596.

Psyllids are one most widespread group of pests, causing severe damage on agricultural and forestry systems. The recently discover about occurrence of red gum lerp psyllid Glycaspis brimblecombei Moore (Hemiptera: Psyllidae), in Brazil is, nowadays a serious problem in Eucalyptus forests, mainly in E. camaldulensis. The psyllid specific parasitic wasp Psyllaephagus bliteus Riek (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae) is the main biological control agent of this pest. Thus, the adequate monitoring of both species by efficient sampling method would facilitate a future decision making. Due to economic importance, this study aimed to evaluate G. brimblecombei and P. bliteus populations in Eucalyptus camaldulensis plantation, using yellow traps to determinate population fluctuation with weather interactions (temperature and rainfall). The study of the pest and parasitoid population (53 sampling dates) was carried out on E. camaldulensis plantations in 19ha area in Luíz Antônio municipality (SP, Brazil), with quarterly samplings, between January and June, 2005 (ten sampling dates). This research indicated that populations had an inversely proportional correlation subject according to the temperature. However, there is no correlation between both species with the rainfall in the evaluated period.

Keywords : eucalypt; forest pest; natural enemy; biological control; forest protection.

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