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  • 1.
    Abdelfattah, Ahmed
    et al.
    Univ Mediterranea Reggio Calabria, Italy.
    Malacrinò, Antonino
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Wisniewski, Michael
    USDA ARS, WV 25430 USA.
    Cacciola, Santa O.
    Univ Catania, Italy.
    Schena, Leonardo
    Univ Mediterranea Reggio Calabria, Italy.
    Metabarcoding: A powerful tool to investigate microbial communities and shape future plant protection strategies2018In: Biological control (Print), ISSN 1049-9644, E-ISSN 1090-2112, Vol. 120Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Microorganisms are the main drivers shaping the functioning and equilibrium of all ecosystems, contributing to nutrient cycling, primary production, litter decomposition, and multi-trophic interactions. Knowledge about the microbial assemblies in specific ecological niches is integral to understanding the assemblages interact and function the function, and becomes essential when the microbiota intersects with human activities, such as protecting crops against pests and diseases. Metabarcoding has proven to be a valuable tool and has been widely used for characterizing the microbial diversity of different environments and has been utilized in many research endeavors. Here we summarize the current status of metabarcoding technologies, the advantages and challenges in utilizing this technique, and how this pioneer approach is being applied to studying plant diseases and pests, with a focus on plant protection and biological control. Current and future developments in this technology will foster a more comprehensive understanding of microbial ecology, and the development of new, innovative pest control strategies.

  • 2.
    Campolo, Orlando
    et al.
    Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, Italy.
    Palmeri, Vincenzo
    Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, Italy.
    Malacrinò, Antonino
    Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, Italy.
    Laudani, Francesca
    Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, Italy.
    Castracani, Cristina
    Università degli Studi di Parma, Parma, Italy.
    Mori, Alessandra
    Università degli Studi di Parma, Parma, Italy.
    Grasso, Donato A.
    Università degli Studi di Parma, Parma, Italy.
    Interaction between ants and the Mediterranean fruit fly: New insights for biological control2015In: Biological control (Print), ISSN 1049-9644, E-ISSN 1090-2112, Vol. 90, p. 120-127Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    During recent years, the positive role of ants as biological control agents in agro-ecosystems has gained growing interest. We investigated the predatory relationship between Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann) and the ant Tapinoma nigerrimum (Nylander), commonly widespread in the Mediterranean area. Additionally we investigated some bio-ethological aspects of C. capitata larvae that could be relevant timing factors for predation. Field observations highlighted that C. capitata larvae were preyed on by ants, and laboratory assays suggested that movement of medfly larvae, as well as olfactory cues, affected prey location by T. nigerrimum. Further observations on the circadian activity of C. capitata suggest that mature larvae leave the fruit to pupate in the soil mainly in the early morning, and they can bury faster in moistened soil. These ecological aspects are discussed in the context of sustainable agriculture. (C) 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  • 3. Habtewold, T
    et al.
    Landin, Jan
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Ecology .
    Wennergren, Uno
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Theoretical Biology .
    Bergman, Karl-Olof
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Ecology .
    Lifetable for the tef grasshopper, Aiolopus longicornis, under laboratory conditions and demographic effects of the pathogen Nosema locustae1995In: Biological control (Print), ISSN 1049-9644, E-ISSN 1090-2112, Vol. 5, p. 497-502Article in journal (Refereed)
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