Posted October 04, 2018 06:22:54 In the United States, the moths are the most common pest of agricultural crops.
But, in Argentina, the insect is so widespread, that it is also one of the biggest threats to crops, according to a new study.
The study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health looked at the effectiveness of moths in controlling a variety of pests on a range of crops, from maize to wheat, and found that the mite was effective in controlling all of them.
“Moth control has long been a problem in Argentina,” said lead author Carlos J. Guevara, a doctoral student at the Universidad de Buenos Aires.
“We thought we would find out if moths can also control insects.
We decided to find out.”
Gueyara and his team gathered data on a wide range of insect pests, including moths, caterpillars, grasshoppers, moths and the common stink bug, as well as insects such as aphids, beetles and butterflies.
They compared the effectiveness and control characteristics of different moths against different types of insecticides and herbicides.
They found that moths were more effective than the more common moths at controlling grasshopper moths (Diptera: Phallidae), grasshopping caterpillers (Cerastes: Phalangidae), caterpillar moths – which are the main pests of wheat, maize and soybean crops – and moths on soybean fields.
“This is a very good finding,” said co-author Joaquin Martínez, an entomologist at the University of Buenos Aires, who was not involved in the research.
“It shows moths as an effective pest control agent against insects, not only for controlling grasses but also for controlling other pests.”
Moths are also effective in destroying the root systems of molds and fungi that cause molds, so the mites also could be used to control mold problems in agriculture.
Moths have been found to be effective against certain diseases, such as the blight that is found on wheat, according the study.
“In our research, we used a variety and the insect mites to study diseases,” Gueva said.
“When we looked at diseases and molds caused by moths like blight, we found they all showed similar symptoms.”
“This study is an important step towards understanding the mousie and insect control together with diseases and fungi.”
Guesa said that mites are also a major threat to agricultural crops, especially because of their use in insecticide applications.
“Because of this, we think that mite control is an area where we should continue to focus on,” he said.
Mites are commonly found in the soil, especially on crops.
Although mites have been identified as a major source of pest problems in Argentina (in the United Kingdom, they are also an important source of crop damage), the authors of the new study say that they have not yet discovered any mite-induced damage to crops.
The researchers say that miticides, such the blackened mites, are also common in Argentina.
They suggest that there may be other mites in the environment, but that their presence is more likely to affect crops because of the large amounts of mite eggs that they can lay.
“Our research was conducted to understand how mites affect crop growth, and what we found is that they are very important for crop development,” Martínes said.
He added that molds are not just confined to Argentina, but also affect a number of countries in the world.
“These mites do not only affect crops in Argentina and they are spread throughout the world, and we need to do our best to control them,” Martiño said.
In a recent article, the researchers say they hope that the study will help the public understand the importance of controlling mites and mites related diseases in their food.
“The study of the effects of mites on crop growth and disease, as a public health issue, can also be a useful tool in helping farmers develop better control methods,” the researchers conclude.
“Such public health interventions will help reduce mite populations in agricultural areas and decrease the impact of pest control interventions on crop production.”
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