The role of tomato plant volatiles mediated by zoophytophagous mirid bugs
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Cita bibliográficaPérez-Hedo, M., Rambla, J. L., Granell, A., & Urbaneja, A. (2017). The role of tomato plant volatiles mediated by zoophytophagous mirid bugs. In: Mason, P. G, Gillespie, D. & Vincent, Ch. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods, 124-126. CABI.
Over the past decade, various strategies for biological control of major pests in protected crops in southern Europe have been successfully implemented. Perhaps the two most relevant and recent successes of biological control have occurred in greenhouse tomatoes and peppers in southeastern Spain (Calvo et al., 2012; van der Blom et al., 2009). These successes have occurred primarily through the selection and implementation of native generalist predators from the Mediterranean basin that naturally colonized crops in this area and, therefore, are adapted to local environmental conditions (Pérez-Hedo and Urbaneja, 2015). The zoophytophagous predators (Miridae) are a special case of generalist predators that can also feed on the plants where they live. This group of predators may use different food resources, being able to feed on more than one trophic level, such as alternative prey and/or plant material. This characteristic facilitates its establishment before a pest infestation and its maintenance in the crops during periods of prey scarcity, resulting in crop systems that are more resilient to pest attacks (Pérez-Hedo et al., 2017).