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The influence of temperature variation on life history Parameters and thermal performance curves of Tamarixia radiata (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae), a parasitoid of the Asian citrus psyllid (Hemiptera: Liviidae)

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McCalla, KA and Kececi, M and Milosavljevic, I and Ratkowsky, DA and Hoddle, MS, The influence of temperature variation on life history Parameters and thermal performance curves of Tamarixia radiata (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae), a parasitoid of the Asian citrus psyllid (Hemiptera: Liviidae), Journal of Economic Entomology pp. 1-15. ISSN 0022-0493 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/jee/toz067

Abstract

This study examined the effects of seven constant and fluctuating temperature profiles with corresponding averages of 12 to 38C on the life history of the Punjab, Pakistan-sourced Tamarixia radiata (Waterston) released in California for biological control of Diaphorina citri Kuwayama. One linear and seven nonlinear regression functions were fit to egg-to-adult development rate data to characterize thermal performance curves. Temperature fluctuations significantly affected both development and longevity of T. radiata. Estimates of degree-days predicted by the linear model were 30% higher for the fluctuating regime than the constant regime. Nonlinear model estimations of theoretical minimum and maximum developmental thresholds were lower for the fluctuating regime when compared to the constant regime. These predictions align with experimental observations. Parasitoids reared under fluctuating profiles at low average temperatures developed faster (15C) and survived longer (1520C) when compared to those reared under constant regimes with corresponding means. In contrast, high average fluctuating temperatures produced parasitoids with an extended developmental period (35C) and reduced longevity (3035C). A meta-analysis of published T. radiata development datasets, together with the results of this study, indicated convergence in degree-days and theoretical minimum developmental thresholds among geographically distinct parasitoid populations. These findings demonstrate the significant effects of temperature on T. radiata life history and have important implications for optimization of mass-rearing and release efforts, improvement of predictions from climate modeling, and comparison of T. radiata population performance across climatic gradients and geographic regions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:biological control, Diaphorina citri, temperature-dependent development rate, longevity, nonlinear regression models
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Other Biological Sciences
Research Field:Biological Sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Horticultural Crops
Objective Field:Citrus Fruit
UTAS Author:Ratkowsky, DA (Dr David Ratkowsky)
ID Code:132399
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2019-05-06
Last Modified:2019-10-02
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