Neodusmetia sangwani (Subba Rao) (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae) to control Antonina graminis (Maskell) (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) in pastures in Brazil: a revision

Neodusmetia sangwani (Subba Rao) (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae) para o controle de Antonina graminis (Maskell) (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) em pastagens no Brasil: uma revisão

Antonio Batista Filho Valmir Costa Harumi Hojo About the authors


The use of the parasitoid Neodusmetia sangwani to control the Rhodes grass mealybug Antonina graminis is one of the best examples of classical biological control in the world. The situation could not be different in Brazil, where the pest has also been introduced, and kept under control after the release of its natural enemy. In this review, it is united information with respect to the successful use of a natural enemy in this country. Notes about the description and biology of the insects involved and rearing and release procedures of the parasitoid for the Rhodes grass mealybug control in Brazil will also be presented.

classical biological control; natural enemy; parasitoid; Rhodes grass scale

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