Nickolas Kavallieratos

Nickolas Kavallieratos
Agricultural University of Athens · Faculty of Crop Science (CP)

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The essential oils (EOs) produced by a number of Apiaceae species are well known for their insecticidal efficacy against a wide spectrum of insects, including vectors, stored product and agricultural pests. In the real world, rawly formulated EOs are scarcely effective due to their low chemical stability, limited persistence into the environment, a...
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The rusty grain beetle, Cryptolestes ferrugineus (Stephens) (Coleoptera: Laemophloeidae), is a serious secondary pest of stored and processed food commodities. In the present study, we investigated the lateralization of males during courtship and mating, attempting to understand if it can be linked with a high likelihood of successful copulation. M...
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Etofenprox is a novel pyrethroid insecticide that targets the nervous system of insects by affecting the function of the sodium channel. The current study examines the insecticidal activity of etofenprox against Ephestia kuehniella (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) larvae, Rhyzopertha dominica (Coleoptera: Bostrychidae) adults, Sitophilus oryzae (Coleoptera...
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Alphitobius diaperinus (Panzer) (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) is a harmful species in storages, threatening the safety of poultry facilities since acts as a vector of noxious microorganisms for animals and humans. This laboratory study examines mortality levels of adults and larvae (small and large) of A. diaperinus on concrete surfaces sprayed with...
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The tetraploid domesticated emmer wheat, Triticum turgidum L. subsp. dicoccon, expresses α-amylase protein inhibitors of varying sizes and assemblies, i.e. dimers and heterotetramers of polypeptide chains of about 12–15 kDa. Although genetic studies have shown the presence of coding sequences for monomeric inhibitors in tetraploid wheat and whole-s...
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An updated comprehensive list of the Middle East species of the subfamily Aphidiinae is provided. The fauna of the Middle East countries comprises 111 Aphidiinae species in 18 genera and three tribes (Aphidiini Haliday, 1833, Ephedrini Mackauer, 1961; Praini Mackauer, 1961). The aphidiine species of the present checklist are reported from 14 countr...
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In the current study we have tested the application of Beauveria bassiana (Hypocreales: Cordycipitaceae) alone and in combination with fipronil at two doses against Tribolium castaneum (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae), Rhyzopertha dominica (Coleoptera: Bostrychidae), Sitophilus granarius (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), and Trogoderma granarium (Coleoptera:...
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In this study, we used etofenprox, deltamethrin, and the combination of piperonyl butoxide+acetamiprid+d-tetramethrin as surface treatments on concrete (with or without food) to evaluate the short- and long-term mortalities of the lesser mealworm, Alphitobius diaperinus (Panzer) (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) small and large larvae. Concerning short-t...
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Horsemint, Mentha longifolia (L.) Huds. (Lamiales: Lamiaceae), is a member of the genus Mentha, widely used for the repellent and insecticidal effectiveness of its essential oil (EO). Several chemotypes have been reported for this species. Here, the efficacy of a M. longifolia EO, belonging to the piperitenone oxide-type, and a 10% (w/w) M. longifo...
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Pine-feeding aphid species cause considerable aesthetic damages and decrease the decorative value in the urban green spaces. In present study, aphids and associated ladybird predators were monitored on Pinus mugo Turra in Mashhad metropolis (Northeastern Iran) during four seasons in 2016. We aimed to evaluate the seasonal dynamics of pine-feeding a...
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Taxonomic and faunistic evidences for nine ichneumonid species that belong to seven genera of Phygadeuontini (Hymenop-tera: Ichneumonidae: Cryptinae) occurring in Iran, are documented. The examined specimens were collected using Malaise traps and sweeping nets during 2013-2016 from various localities in Iran. Four new generic records, i.e., Charito...
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Etofenprox is a broad spectrum pyrethroid insecticide with low toxicity to mammals, fishes, and honeybees. In the present study it was evaluated as grain protectant against Ephestia kuehniella (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) larvae, Prostephanus truncatus (Coleoptera: Bostrychidae) adults, Rhyzopertha dominica (Coleoptera: Bostrychidae) adults, Sitophilus...
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The current study examines the influence of temperature (25, 30 and 32.5 °C), on two laboratory strains of Tribolium confusum Jacquelin du Val, originally collected from Greece and Serbia, in terms of immature development, adult longevity, female fecundity and the resulting demographic parameters. Among the tested temperatures, the slowest developm...
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Oryzaephilus surinamensis (L.) (Coleoptera: Silvanidae) is a widely distributed key stored-product insect pest. Recent research efforts have been conducted on the laterality (i.e., left-right asymmetries in brain and behavior) during courtship and mating of coleopteran species that are related to stored products. However, our knowledge on the poten...
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Background: Plant essential oils (EOs) represent eco-friendly alternatives to conventional insecticides for managing pest populations. Carlina acaulis root EO showed a wide insecticidal spectrum, being highly effective against insect pests and vectors, coupled with low mammal toxicity. To boost the chemico-physical properties of this EO and its ma...
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Postharvest agricultural losses constitute a major food security risk. In contrast, postharvest protection is strongly linked with food safety. The present study aims to develop novel postharvest protection tools through a bioprospecting protocol utilizing edible essential oils (EOs) as grain coatings. For this purpose, six Mediterranean culinary p...
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Neoleucopis kartliana Tanasijtshuk (Diptera, Chamaemyiidae) is the most abundant predator of the giant pine scale (GPS), Marchalina hellenica (Hemiptera, Margarodidae) in Greece. GPS is native to Greece and Turkey, where it is not considered a pest of Pinus spp., but a valuable resource for pine honey production. However, its introduction to new ar...
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Plant essential oil-based insecticides, with special reference to those that may be obtained from largely available biomasses, represent a valuable tool for Integrated Pest Management. However, the sublethal effects and the potential effects on aggressive insect traits of these green insecticides are understudied. Herein, the lethal and sub-lethal...
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Chlorantraniliprole is an effective pesticide against a plethora of pests, but its efficacy against stored-product pests is very poorly explored. In this study we treated concrete surfaces with four different doses of chlorantraniliprole (0.01, 0.05, 0.1, and 0.5 mg a.i./cm2) against the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum (Herbst) (Coleoptera: T...
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In this study the adulticidal and larvicidal effect of tansy, Tanacetum vulgare L. (Asteraceae) essential oil (EO) was estimated against four noxious stored-product insect species; Tribolium castaneum (Herbst) (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae), Tribolium confusum Jacquelin du Val (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae), Tenebrio molitor L. (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae...
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The red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum (Herbst) (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) is one of the most dangerous insects of a wide spectrum of stored products around the globe. The population growth of this species is affected by temperature. However, there are no data on comparative demographic parameters (i.e., net reproductive rate, intrinsic rate of...
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The scale Physokermes hellenicus (Kozár & Gounari) (Hemiptera: Coccidae) has been recently included in the Greek entomofauna as a beneficial honeydew species. However, there are no adequate data about its geographical distribution and degree of infestation. Therefore, a study was conducted to examine these parameters in fifteen mountains of Greece....
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The development of resistance in stored-grain insect pests can be effectively reduced by using biological control methods. Entomopathogenic fungi have been under consideration as complementary and alternative agents to synthetic insecticides. The aim of this study is to identify the pathogenic potential of four different fungal isolates of Beauveri...
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The resistance of insect populations to the existing insecticides grows fast due to their continuous use. Thus, the need for new and effective formulations is increasing. Isolated compounds of botanical origin may represent a promising solution for green pest management strategies. In this study, isofuranodiene derived from Smyrnium olusatrum L. (A...
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The reproduction of aphids depends to a great extent on their host plants, an integration that impacts on the successful expansion of overwintering populations. Therefore, a survey was conducted to evaluate the globally distributed Capsella bursa-pastoris as an overwintering host of economically important aphid species, their parasitoids and hyperp...
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The botanical substances constitute valuable alternatives to synthetic insecticides. In the last decades, numerous substances of natural origin have been tested against stored-product insects, mostly as fumigants or for contact toxicity, while there is limited knowledge on the efficacy of plant secondary metabolites if used as grain protectants. In...
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Apiaceae is a family encompassing medicinal and aromatic plants. They produce essential oils (EOs) inside oil canals, known as ducts and vittae, which occur in their vegetative and reproductive organs. Given the high EO yields and the availability of raw material from cultivations widespread all over the world, Apiaceae are exploitable for differen...
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In this study, the insecticidal effect of 12 essential oils (EOs) from Coriandrum sativum, Tanacetum annuum, Boswellia carteri, Canarium luzonicum, Pogostemon cablin, Thymus vulgaris, Copaifera officinalis, Corymbia citriodora, Melaleuca cajuputi, Syzygium aromaticum, Santalum album, and Elettaria cardamomum as grain protectants was evaluated again...
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The residual efficacy of the enhanced diatomaceous earth (DE) formulation DEBBM alone and in combination with Beauveria bassiana (Hypocreales: Cordycipitaceae) or with the neonicotinoid insecticide imidacloprid against Tribolium castaneum (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae), Rhyzopertha dominica (Coleoptera: Bostrychidae), Cryptolestes ferrugineus (Coleopt...
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In this study, we utilized a hierarchical multilevel modeling approach to test the hypothesis that the activity of the organophosphate insecticide pirimiphos-methyl against the cosmopolitan serious secondary pest of stored products, the yellow mealworm, Tenebrio molitor (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae), is affected by temperature, relative humidity (RH)...
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Several species of the family Apiaceae are aromatic herbs that produce essential oils usable on an industrial scale for pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and food purposes. In particular, some essential oils, such as green insecticides for example, may replace synthetic insecticides, keeping most of their efficacy and avoiding environmental pollution or hu...
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In Pakistan, the control of stored-product insect pests mainly relies on the use of phosphine gas along with other control tactics. The aim of this study was to determine the level of phosphine resistance among ten differently located populations of the lesser grain borer, Rhyzopertha dominica (F.) (Coleoptera: Bostrychidae), the granary weevil, Si...
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Most insecticides commonly used in storage facilities are synthetic, an issue that generates concerns about food safety and public health. Therefore, the development of eco-friendly pest management tools is urgently needed. In the present study, a 6% (w/w) Hazomalania voyronii essential oil-based nanoemulsion (HvNE) was developed and evaluated for...
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Laboratory experiments were conducted in Pakistan to investigate the effectiveness of the diatomaceous earth (DE) formulation, Protect-It, at 150 ppm and imidacloprid, at 1.25, 2.5 and 5.0 ppm, alone or in combination, against the rusty grain beetle, Cryptolestes ferrugineus Stephens (Coleoptera: Laemophloeidae), the lesser grain borer, Rhyzopertha...
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The larger grain borer, Prostephanus truncatus (Horn) (Coleoptera: Bostrychidae) is one of the most destructive insect pests of stored maize and dried tubers of cassava, and a wood-boring species. In the present study, we examined two chlorantraniliprole formulations, WG (wettable granule) with 350 g/kg active ingredient (a.i.) and SC (suspension c...
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The Mediterranean flour moth, Ephestia kuehniella Zeller (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) and the confused flour beetle, Tribolium confusum Jacquelin du Val (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) are worldwide spread and notorious organisms of numerous stored-products. Both species are dangerous for bagged commodities as penetrators and invaders. The aim of the curre...
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Insecticidal treatment is a common practice for the control of stored-product insect pests. Most studies are focused on the direct effects of insecticides on target insects, while there are no data on the indirect effects on adults in terms of progeny fitness. This study deals with the effect of pirimiphos-methyl on adults of Tribolium castaneum (C...
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Knockdown and mortality of adults of the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum (Herbst) and the confused flour beetle, Tribolium confusum Jacquelin du Val, were assessed after exposure to two contact insecticides, chlorfenapyr and cyfluthrin, on a concrete surface. Individuals were rated on a scale for knockdown of exposed adults according to their...
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The yellow mealworm, Tenebrio molitor L., is one of the most significant insect species of economic importance for producing protein-rich food and feed. The larvae are a promising fishmeal substitute for fish feed, and a good alternative source for human nutrition. In this study, the effect of behavioral asymmetries on male mating success of T. mol...
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In recent years, modelling techniques have become more frequently adopted in the field of food processing, especially for cereal-based products, which are among the most consumed foods in the world. Predictive models and simulations make it possible to explore new approaches and optimize proceedings, potentially helping companies reduce costs and l...
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A survey of pine-associated aphids and their parasitoids was carried out in the arboretum of Pinus halepensis Miller in the Higher Agronomic Institute Chott Mariem (ISA CM, Tunisia) during 2010–2011 and 2018. The survey revealed the presence of the aphid parasitoid species, Diaeretus leucopterus (Haliday) (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Aphidiinae). This...
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Laboratory bioassays were conducted to estimate the effectiveness of the entomopathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana (Bals.-Criv.) Vuill. (Hypocreales: Cordycipitaceae) at 1.5 × 10⁸ and 1.5 × 10¹⁰ conidia/kg grain alone or mixed with the diatomaceous earths (DEs) Protect-It at 150 ppm and DEBBM at 50 ppm against adults of the rusty grain beetle, Cry...
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The efficacy of low temperatures ranging from 0 to -15 oC, was evaluated against all life stages of Tribolium confusum, adults of Oryzaephilus surinamensis and adults of Liposcelis bostrychophila. All species/life stages were exposed in empty vials or vials containing 5 g of flour, for time intervals of 2 to 7 d. Eggs and pupae were the least susce...
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Ethorobotics, a new fascinating field of biorobotics, proposes the use of robotic replicas as an advanced method for investigating animal behaviour. This novel research approach can also encourage the development of advanced bioinspired robots. In the present study, we investigated the pushing behaviour, a particular display occurring in several be...
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Lipolexis is a small genus in the subfamily Aphidiinae represented by one species in Europe (Lipolexis gracilis Förster) and by four in Asia (Lipolexis wuyiensis Chen, L. oregmae Gahan, L. myzakkaiae Pramanik and Raychaudhuri and L. pseudoscutellaris Pramanik and Raychaudhuri). Although L. oregmae is employed in biological control programs against...
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Grain commodities are subjected to multiple insect infestations during processing and storage. The kharpa beetle, Trogoderma granarium Everts (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) is categorized as a destructive stored-product pest due to its elevated survival potential, preference for dry conditions and resistance to many insecticides. While public concern ab...
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The lesser grain borer, Rhyzopertha dominica (F.) (Coleoptera: Bostrychidae), is an important pest of stored grains globally. In this study, the impact of geographical origin on male mating success and lateralization in three strains of R. dominica (i.e., a Greek strain, a Romanian strain and a Turkish strain) was investigated. Concerning the Greek...
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Tribolium castaneum (Herbst) (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) is an important pest of stored products. Insecticidal treatment is a common practice for the control of this notorious insect pest. Most studies are focused on the immediate and/or delayed mortality effects, while there are no data on the effects of insecticides on the population fitness. Thi...
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Biological invasion of aphids and other insects has been increased due to long distance commercial transportation of plant material. The bamboo-aphid-parasitoid association is strictly specific and even though it does not develop interactions with the local environment it should be listed as part of the fauna of southwestern Europe. On-going resear...
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Since time immemorial the oleo-gum-resins of Ferula assa-foetida and F. gummosa are used in the traditional medical systems as well as in foodstuffs, perfumery and cosmetics. In the present study, we explored the insecticidal efficacy of the essential oils obtained from these oleo-gum-resins to widen their fields of industrial applications. The two...
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This study examines the effect of semolina, cracked wheat, maize flour, cracked maize, whole oat flakes, whole barley flour and cracked barley on the developmental and reproductive biology of the saw-toothed grain beetle, Oryzaephilus surinamensis (L.) (Coleoptera: Silvanidae). The pest completed its development at all tested commodities except sem...
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The khapra beetle, Trogoderma granarium Everts (Coleoptera: Dermestidae), is one of the most destructive insect species of stored food worldwide and is subjected to strict phytosanitary legislations. In the present study, we evaluated the egg hatching and larval mortality of T. granarium on concrete surfaces treated with six insecticides (i.e., α-c...
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A study of the biological features and the potential population growth between two laboratory strains of the confused flour beetle, Tribolium confusum Jacquelin du Val (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) from Greece and Serbia is conducted on cracked barley and cracked white rice. The results show that, at a species level, T. confusum is able to complete d...
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Members of the Monoctonina subtribe have long been neglected in applied studies of the subfamily Aphidiinae, due to their low economic importance, as they do not parasitize pests of cultivated plants. Consequently, data about this group are scarce, including its taxonomy and phylogeny. In the present study, we explore inter-and intraspecific geneti...
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In plant and animal kingdoms, isofuranodiene is a widespread, lipophilic and volatile furanosesquiterpene endowed with insecticidal properties. In the current study, we evaluated its toxicity against the larger grain borer, Prostephanus truncatus (Horn) (Coleoptera: Bostrychidae) adults and the khapra beetle, Trogoderma granarium Everts (Coleoptera...
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The use of chemical pesticides to preserve food commodities is a global issue of concern due to their negative effect on the environment and public health. In recent years, the European Union is trying to reduce their use, favoring alternative or complementary approaches based on natural products. In this respect, plant-borne essential oils (EOs) r...
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In the current study it was investigated the suitability of semolina, cracked wheat and cracked maize as feeding commodities for the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum (Herbst) (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae). The pest completed its development on all tested commodities. The developmental time of larvae was lower on cracked wheat (59.6 days) and cra...
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Insecticidal applications may result to morphological deformations upon exposed insects or their offspring production. In the present study, we tested whether pirimiphos-methyl can induce deformities to wings of progeny production of the invasive khapra beetle, Trogoderma granarium (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) when its parental female adults have been...
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The fauna of Charmontinae, Ichneutinae, Macrocentrinae and Orgilinae (Hymenoptera, Braconidae) of Iran is reviewed and the data on their host associations are summarized. Thirty-four species belonging to 7 genera are listed. Macrocentrus nidulator (Nees, 1834) (Macrocentrinae) and Orgilus leptocephalus (Hartig, 1838) (Orgilinae) are new records to...
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The life history of the khapra beetle, Trogoderma granarium Everts (Coleoptera: Dermestidae), was investigated on cracked peeled barley, cracked peeled oats and cracked triticale. The results suggest that the biological and demographic parameters of T. granarium are affected by the tested commodities. The developmental time of total immature period...
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The subtribe Monoctonina has long been overlooked when it comes to morphological studies, probably due to the low economic importance of its members. Mainly distributed in high montane areas and forest ecosystems, species of Monoctonina are not often found in large populations and do not parasitize pests of cultivated plants. Our research uncovered...
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Stephanidae (Hymenoptera, Stephanoidea) are solitary idiobiont ectoparasitoids of wood boring insect larvae. Here we present two genera, i.e., Afromegischus van Achterberg, 2002 and Foenatopus Smith, 1861, and five species, i.e., A. gigas (Schletterer, 1889), F. bisignatus Aguiar & Jennings, 2010, F. crispus Aguiar, 2010, F. nimaarkanii Ghafouri Mo...
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Several pyrrole derivatives exhibit insecticidal activity and can be effective as grain protectants. In the present study, we evaluate the insecticidal efficacy of six novel pyrrole derivatives, namely methyl 3-(methylthio)-4,6-dioxo-5-phenyl-1,3a,4,5,6,6a-hexahydropyrrolo[3,4-c]pyrrole-1 carboxylate (compound syn) (2a-syn), methyl 3-(methylthio)-4...