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Abstract

Biological control investigations against invasive bamboo spider mites.

Abstract

Two invasive spider mite species (Stigmaeopsis nanjingensis Ma & Yuan, 1980 and Schizotetranychus bambusae Reck, 1941) were spotted on bamboo species in Hungary. The possibilities of biological control were investigated on these mites with two different commercially available predatory mite species (Phytoseiulus persimilis Athias-Henriot, 1957 and Hypoaspis miles Berlese, 1892/Stratiolaelaps scimitus Womersley, 1956/). The species Phytoseiulus persimilis consumed larger amount of S. bambusae mites than Stratiolaelaps scimitus mites and none of the predatory mite species could consume the S. nanjingensis species with its special nets.