Submitted to: Adjacent Government UK Magazine
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/31/2015
Publication Date: 8/26/2015
Citation: Rojas, M.G., Morales Ramos, J.A., Grodowitz, M.J. 2015. Arthropods in Biological Control. Adjacent Government UK Magazine. 7: 253-254.
Interpretive Summary: Biological control relays on the use or natural enemies to reduce and manage populations which can be an alternative to pesticides for reducing agricultural losses due to arthropod pests.
Technical Abstract: This article reports the use of insect colloidal artificial diets suitable for the rearing of economically important arthropods, such as Lygus lineolaris, Lygus hesperus, Coleomegilla maculata, and Phytoseiulus persimilis The different diets contain key nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, salts, and gelling agents such as lambda carrageenan and maltodextrin. Colloidal formulations are prepared at room temperature, from liquid to solid states which eliminates the use of agar.