Susceptibility of the egg parasitoid Trichogramma achaeae (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae) to selected insecticides used in tomato greenhouses

  • Juan R. Gallego University of Almería, Dept. Biology and Geology, Ctra. Sacramento s/n, 04120 Almería
  • Jesús Guerrero-Manzano University of Almería, Dept. Biology and Geology, Ctra. Sacramento s/n, 04120 Almería
  • Francisco J. Fernández-Maldonado University of Almería, Dept. Biology and Geology, Ctra. Sacramento s/n, 04120 Almería
  • Tomas Cabello University of Almería, Dept. Biology and Geology, Ctra. Sacramento s/n, 04120 Almería
Keywords: biological control, IPM, ecotoxicology, South American tomato moth, parasitoid, insecticides, side effects


The South American tomato moth Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) is a pest species of great economic importance in tomatoes, both in greenhouses and in open-air crops. This importance has increased in recent years because it has been introduced in many countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Insecticides different active ingredients and biological control agents are being used in the control of this pest species. This implies the need to make both groups compatible within IPM programmes. Therefore, the objective of this work was to study the compatibility between different insecticides and the use of the egg parasitoid Trichogramma achaeae Nagaraja and Nagakartti (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae). Three groups of trials were carried out under laboratory and greenhouse conditions. Ten insecticides with the following active ingredient were evaluated: abamectin, azadirachtin, Bacillus thuringiensis, chlorantraniliprole, emamectin, flubendiamide, indoxacarb, methomyl, spinosad, and spiromesifen. In the results, three groups of insecticides were established based on their compatibility with the use of biological control: The first group (abamectin, B. thurigiensis, flubendiamide, indoxacarb and spiromesifen) showed a high degree of compatibility with egg parasitoid releases. The second group (azadirachtin and chlorantraniliprole, and methomyl) presented compatibility problems. Finally, the last group (emamectin, methomyl, and spinosad) did not apper to be compatible. The results found will allow a better application of IPM programmes in tomato crops for the control of this pest species.


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Tomas Cabello, University of Almería, Dept. Biology and Geology, Ctra. Sacramento s/n, 04120 Almería
Biologia Aplicada. Escuela Superior de Ingeniería. Catedrático de Universidad.


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How to Cite
GallegoJ. R., Guerrero-ManzanoJ., Fernández-MaldonadoF. J., & CabelloT. (2019). Susceptibility of the egg parasitoid Trichogramma achaeae (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae) to selected insecticides used in tomato greenhouses. Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research, 17(2), e1009.
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