Molecular assessment of predation by hoverflies (Diptera: Syrphidae) in Mediterranean lettuce crops

Gomez-Polo P. G. , Alomar O., Castane C., Lundgren J. G. , Pinol J., Agusti N.

PEST MANAGEMENT SCIENCE, vol.71, no.9, pp.1219-1227, 2015 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 71 Issue: 9
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/ps.3910
  • Title of Journal : PEST MANAGEMENT SCIENCE
  • Page Numbers: pp.1219-1227


BACKGROUNDHoverflies (Diptera: Syrphidae) are generalist predators of a great variety of pests. Nasonovia ribisnigri (Hemiptera: Aphididae) and Frankliniella occidentalis (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) are two common pests in Mediterranean lettuce crops, where they occur alongside alternative prey (e.g. Collembola). A semi-field experiment was conducted in an experimental lettuce plot where hoverfly predation on N. ribisnigri, F. occidentalis and Collembola was studied by conventional PCR and qPCR using specific primers, as well as by next-generation sequencing (NGS) in order to reveal other potential trophic interactions.