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The influence of host plant genotype on variation in population densities of the gorse thrips, Sericothrips staphylinus (Thysanoptera: Thripidae), and its consideration in relation to release strategies

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Ireson, J and Holloway, RJ and Chatterton, WS, The influence of host plant genotype on variation in population densities of the gorse thrips, Sericothrips staphylinus (Thysanoptera: Thripidae), and its consideration in relation to release strategies, Biocontrol Science & Technology, 18, (9) pp. 949-955. ISSN 0958-3157 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/09583150802366921

Abstract

Large variations in population densities of Sericothrips staphylinus were observed between gorse bushes at a field site in an earlier Tasmanian study. A replicated potted plant experiment was conducted to assess whether genetic variation between gorse bushes could affect densities of S. staphylinus. There were significant differences in the number of S. staphylinus recovered from the individual bushes sampled within sites and individual bushes across all sites. This provides evidence that genetic variation between gorse bushes is at least partly responsible for the observed variability in field populations. The result validates the current release strategy used for the field establishment of S. staphylinus in south-eastern Australia. This strategy involves making multiple small releases (ca. 250 adults per bush per site) instead of a small number of large releases (ca. 1000 per bush per site), thereby reducing variation in numbers due to genetic affects. Genetic variation between individual plants of the same species and associated effects on herbivore densities should be considered when devising release strategies for biological control agents. © 2008 Taylor & Francis.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Research Group:Crop and Pasture Production
Research Field:Crop and Pasture Protection (Pests, Diseases and Weeds)
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species
Objective Field:Control of Plant Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Environments
UTAS Author:Ireson, J (Dr John Ireson)
UTAS Author:Holloway, RJ (Mr Richard Holloway)
UTAS Author:Chatterton, WS (Mr Wade Chatterton)
ID Code:53393
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2008-12-04
Last Modified:2015-02-04
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