Submitted to: Florida Entomological Society Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract only
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/11/2012
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: The Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) is an important invasive citrus pest because it vectors a bacterium responsible for a devastating disease of citrus known as huanglongbing. Orange jasmine (Murraya paniculata) is a favored alternate ACP host plant and is widely grown as an ornamental plant in urban areas in Florida. ACP management in urban areas could be an important component of area-wide psyllid suppression. A project is therefore being conducted to assess the bionomics of ACP in urban plantings of jasmine and includes assessments of biological control of ACP by the eulophid parasitoid Tamarixia radiata. In addition to assessing control by an established population of T. radiata, assessments are being made of control by parasitoid populations from south China, North Vietnam and Pakistan that are being released at some urban locations. Finally, population genetics of T. radiata are being investigated at sites where the new populations are being released.