Yaobin Lu

Yaobin Lu
Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences · Institute of Plant Protection and Microbiology

Doctor of Entomology

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Introduction
Professor Yaobin Lu holds PhD in Entomology and is the Director of the Institute of Plant Protection and Microbiology, Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China. His research mainly includes the outbreak mechanism and the sustainable management of horticultural pest , and the biological invasion.

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The fall armyworm (FAW), Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith), is a pest of many important crops globally. Effective control is challenging, with the pest exhibiting resistance to different synthetic pesticides across various groups. However, the mechanisms employed by resistant insects for overexpression of relevant detoxification genes remain uncle...
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Many species of devastating insect pests have acquired a high degree of resistance to insecticides in the field during the last few decades. Spodoptera exigua, for example, is the most damaging pests of economic crops with a worldwide spread. In a present study, the comparative growth, reproduction, and detoxification enzyme activity were evaluated...
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The absence of natural enemies in newly invaded areas is a key factor in the successful invasion of alien species. Whether a specific parasitoid can be domesticated to attack a nonnatural host that has no reported parasitic enemies in invasive areas remains unclear. Here, we analyzed two invasive mealybugs (PSS- Phenacoccus solenopsis and PSI- Phen...
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The beet army worm, Spodoptera exigua, is a widely distributed polyphagous pest of economically important crops worldwide. The management of this pest insect continues to face many challenges. Despite synthetic chemicals posing a serious threat to the environment, these remain the conventional approach for controlling S. exigua in the field. An ove...
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The South American tomato pinworm, Tuta absoluta, is one of the most destructive insect pests in Solanaceae crops, particularly in tomatoes. Current methods of management have proven somewhat effective but still require a more efficacious management strategy to limit its havoc on crop yield. Tomato is much more predisposed to T. absoluta as compare...
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How herbivorous insects adapt to host plants is a key question in ecological and evolutionary biology. The fall armyworm, (FAW) Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith), although polyphagous and a major pest on various crops, has been reported to have a rice and corn (maize) feeding strain in its native range in the Americas. The species is highly invasi...
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Background. Oviposition site selection is an important factor in determining the success of insect populations. Orius spp. are widely used in the biological control of a wide range of soft-bodied insect pests such as thrips, aphids, and mites. Orius strigicollis (Heteroptera: Anthocoridae) is the dominant Orius species in southern China; however, w...
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Venom plays several important roles in the life of the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren. Laboratory rearing significantly affected the toxin component of S. invicta. However, the molecular mechanism of the change of venomous components when kept in the laboratory is unclear. In this study, RNA sequencing technique (RNA-Seq) was performed to explo...
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Tuta absoluta is a devastating invasive pest worldwide, causing severe damage to the global tomato industry. It has been recorded recently in the northwestern border areas of China, posing a significant threat to tomato production. It was presumed that the region's winter-related low temperatures would avert the alien species from successfully over...
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Tomato is more prone to Tuta absoluta invasion and damages as compared to other host plants but the mechanism behind this preference has not been elucidated. Here, two contrasting host preference plants, tomato and eggplant, were used to investigate biochemical and transcriptomic modifications induced by T. absoluta infestation. Biochemical analysi...
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The evolutionary success of phytophagous insects depends on their ability to efficiently exploit plants as a source of energy for survival. Herbivorous insects largely depend on the efficiency, flexibility, and diversity of their digestive physiology and sophistication of their detoxification system to use chemically diverse host plants as food sou...
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The fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), is a polyphagous, invasive insect pest which causes significant losses in important crops wherever it has spread. The use of pesticides in agriculture is a key tool in the management of many important crop pests, including S. frugiperda, but continued use of insecticide...
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The beet armyworm, Spodoptera exigua, is a highly polyphagous pest originated from Southeast Asia but has spread globally, attacking economically important crops and fruits. Bistrifluron insecticide is one of the highly active insect growth regulators that has been reported to inhibit development and longevity in other lepidopteran species and coul...
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Citation: Li, X.-w.; Lu, X.-x.; Zhang, Z.-j.; Huang, J.; Zhang, J.-m.; Wang, L.-k.; Hafeez, M.; Fernández-Grandon, G.M.; Lu, Y.-b. Intercropping Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) with Sweet Pepper (Capsicum annum) Reduces Major Pest Population Densities without Impacting Natural Enemy Populations. Insects 2021, 12, 74.
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Intercropping of aromatic plants provides an environmentally benign route to reducing pest damage in agroecosystems. However, the effect of intercropping on natural enemies, another element which may be vital to the success of an integrated pest management approach, varies in different intercropping systems. Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis L. (Lam...
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A number of thrips species are among the most significant agricultural pests globally. Use of repellent intercrop plants is one of the key components in plant-based ‘push–pull’ strategies to manage pest populations. In this study, the behavioral responses of three thrips species, Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande), Frankliniella intonsa (Trybom)...
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Insect predators, in general, play an important role in regulating pest populations in agricultural systems, but may be negatively affected by pesticides used in pest management. Convergent lady beetle, Hippodamia convergens Guerin-Meneville (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) is known as an important biological control agent of soft-bodied insect pests. T...
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Background The reproductive pattern of most scale insects is ovoviviparity. The solanum mealybug, Phenacoccus solani (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae), is known as a thelytokous parthenogenetic species, but there is still debate about the reproductive strategies of this species. Methods Here, we investigated the oviposition characteristics of P. solani...
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Pesticides are widely used in agriculture mainly to increase crop yields cater to huge supply of food products for increasing world population as well as to protect crops from pests and control insect-borne diseases. Increased use of pesticides (especially organochlorine pesticides) results in contamination of the environment and the excess accumul...
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Thrips tabaci Lindeman is a widely distributed agricultural pest China, which causes damage to many vegetables and cash crops. However, the population genetic variation of this pest in China remains unknown. In this study, the genetic diversity and structure of T. tabaci on Allium hosts collected from 12 geographic locations were evaluated based on...
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The beet armyworm (Spodoptera exigua) is a highly polyphagous agricultural pest that is distributed worldwide. However, the adaptive mechanisms of S. exigua for various insecticides and defensive substances in host plants are unknown. Insect P450 monooxygenases play an important role in the detoxification of plant toxins and insecticides, leading t...
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【Aim】 Megalurothrips usitatus is an important leguminous pest in South China and has caused enormous losses to cowpea planting industry. Development and application of lures based on aggregation pheromone is one of the environmentally friendly control methods for M. usitatus, which would play a key role in bio-control of this pest. 【Methods】 Behavi...
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Mealybugs, such as Phenacoccus solenopsis, are highly sexually dimorphic. Winged adult males present such remarkable morphological differences from females that, to the untrained eye, conspecific adults of both sexes of P. solenopsis may be considered as two different insect species. A method to investigate sex-dimorphic mechanisms is by evaluating...
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Abstract: 【Aim】 The solanum mealybug, Phenacoccus solani (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae), is a new record species in China, and supposed to be a great potential threat to agricultural production and ecological environment. This study aims to reveal the biological characteristics of P. solani. 【Methods】 The reproductive mode, developmental duration, fec...
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Pheromones play an important role in mediating interspecific interactions in insects. In an insect community, pheromones can reveal information about the senders, which could be used by other members of the food web (competitor, natural enemies, etc.) to their own advantage. The aggregation pheromones of two closely related thrips species, Franklin...
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The effects of reproductive patterns and Aenasius bambawalei female adult density on the parasitization rate and offspring sex ratio were determined in the laboratory. The results indicated that the reproductive model of A. bambawalei included bisexual reproduction, breeding and parthenogenesis breeding only the male progeny. Meanwhile, the parasit...
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The terpenoids emission of cotton plants were analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively under laboratory condition with the treatments of mechanical wounding (treatment MW), salicylic acid inducement (treatment SA), short-term mealybugs injury (treatment S-MF), and long-term mealybugs injury (treatment L-MF). The results showed that total 5 kinds o...
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Temperature and host stage are important factors that determine the successful development of parasitoids. Aenasius bambawalei Hayat (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae) is a primary parasitoid of the newly invasive mealybug, Phenacoccus solenopsis Tinsley (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae). The effects of temperature on the parasitic characteristics of A. bambawale...
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Effect of temperature and host stage on offspring sex ratio
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Effect of temperature and host stage on parasitization rate
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Seed treatments with the neonicotinoid insecticides imidacloprid and thiamethoxam were evaluated to determine whether the chemicals at effective concentrations for aphid control would influence the germination and early growth of oilseed rape, Brassica napus. Treatment with imidacloprid or thiamethoxam did not affect the cumulative germination rate...
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Spinetoram is a spinosyn, which is a unique class of natural insecticide. Because of its novel mode of action, spinetoram is more potent and faster acting than other insecticides, even the older spinosyn product, spinosad. On account of being efficient on insect order Lepidoptera, spinetoram provides a new alternative for control of Plutella xylost...
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Induced plant defenses against herbivores are modulated by jasmonic acid-, salicylic acid-, and ethylene-signaling pathways. Although there is evidence that some pathogens suppress plant defenses by interfering with the crosstalk between different signaling pathways, such evidence is scarce for herbivores. Here, we demonstrate that the mealybug Phe...
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To compare the performance of Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande) and native Frankliniella intonsa (Trybom) on cucumber and tomato leaves in laboratory, life history characters were investigated, and life tables were constructed using the method of age-stage, two-sex table life. Compared with tomato leaf, there were shorter total preoviposition p...
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Both neonicotinoids and pymetrozine are important insecticides and may have the potential to be used in combination with natural enemies in integrated pest management (IPM). However, to determine their compatibility with biological control, it is necessary to examine the side effects of these chemicals on natural enemies. We examined the acute and...
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The objective of this study was to identify the aggregation pheromone of the melon thrips Thrips palmi, a major pest of vegetable and ornamental plants around the world. The species causes damage both through feeding activities and as a vector of tospoviruses, and is a threat to world trade and European horticulture. Improved methods of detecting a...
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Quantitative feeding behaviors were analyzed by electronic penetration graph technique to evaluate the resources utilization efficiency of the solenopsis mealybug, Phenacoccus solenopsis (Tinsley) (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae), transferred to a novel host. Both nonphloem and phloem factors were contributed to the host availability during host shift;...
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The current study examined the effects of honey solution and water access on feeding behavior and survival of starving solenopsis mealybugs, Phenacoccus solenopsis Tinsley (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae). The electrical penetration graph technique and an artificial membrane system were used to check whether P. solenopsis could imbibe free water or othe...
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Herbivore attack induces plants to mobilize chemical defences, including the release of volatiles that attract natural enemies of the herbivore. This commonly involves the jasmonic acid (JA) pathway. However, phloem-feeding whiteflies specifically trigger salicylic acid (SA)-signalling, thereby suppressing JA-based defences and enhancing host plant...
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Abstract The solenopsis mealybug, Phenacoccus solenopsis Tinsley (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae), is an aggressive pest threatening crops worldwide. The biology of P. solenopsis has been described in several studies, but detailed information on the reproduction of P. solenopsis has not been investigated. The results of our study showed: 1) no progeny c...
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Herbivore injury has indirect effects on the growth and performance of host plants through photosynthetic suppression. It causes uncertain reduction in photosynthesis, which likely depends on the degree of infestation. Rapid light curves provide detailed information on the saturation characteristics of electron transport as well as the overall phot...
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Phloem-feeding whiteflies in the species complex Bemisia tabaci cause extensive crop damage worldwide. One of the reasons for their "success" is their ability to suppress the effectual jasmonic acid (JA) defenses of the host plant. However, little is understood about the mechanisms underlying whitefly suppression of JA-regulated defenses. Here, we...
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The western flower thrips (WFT), Frankliniella occidentalis, a world-wide invasive insect, causes agricultural damage by directly feeding and by indirectly vectoring Tospoviruses, such as tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV). We characterized the transcriptome of WFT and analyzed global gene expression of WFT response to TSWV infection using Illumina s...
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A simple, sensitive and reliable analytical method was developed for the simultaneous determination of 22 carbamate insecticides and 17 mycotoxins in cereals by ultra high performance liquid chromatography electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-ESI-MS/MS). Carbamates and mycotoxins were extracted from cereal samples using a QuEChER...
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Abstract Yellow sticky traps are a common method for monitoring many pests, but it has not been shown whether they could be used as a control method. In this study the impact of yellow sticky traps on the population dynamics of the sweetpotato whitefly, Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) was determined in the greenhouse and field....
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We studied the biological characteristics and chemical control of Phenacoccus solenopsis Tinsley (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) on tomatoes under laboratory conditions within the temperature and relative humidity ranges of 25 ± 2°C and 70 ± 5% RH, respectively. Results show that the nymphal stage of males (16.3 ± 0.2 days) is longer that for females (...
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Unraveling the relationship between adult oviposition preference and offspring performance is central to understanding the evolution of plant–insect interactions. In the present study, we collated previously reported data, including our own, of adult oviposition preference and offspring performance of the diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella, on v...
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The solenopsis mealybug, Phenacoccus solenopsis Tinsley (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae), is a polyphagous insect known to cause severe damage to cotton (especially transgenic varieties) in South Asia, and currently poses a serious threat in Asia and potentially elsewhere. Stylet penetration behavior of P. solenopsis on cotton was monitored using the el...
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The response of adult flower thrips Frankliniella intonsa (Trybom) (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) to conspecifics is investigated in Y‐tube olfactometer bioassays. The results show that both males and females are attracted to the odours of adult males, which indicates a male‐produced aggregation pheromone in this species. Gas chromatography‐mass spectro...
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Feeding choices of Phenacoccus solenopsis females between control leaves (Control) and control leaves plus synthetic compounds (Treatment). The synthetic compounds and the number of the mealybugs making choices were listed on the right side of the black bars. For each synthetic compound, the absolute amount used for tests was 100 ng. Asterisks repr...