Université de Neuchâtel

Arthropod symbioses : a neglected parameter in pest- and disease-control programmes

Zindel, Renate ; Gottlieb, Yuval ; Aebi, Alexandre

In: Journal of Applied Ecology, 2011, vol. 48, no. 4, p. 864–872

1. Arthropods are important players in biological control as pests, control agents and transmitters of invertebrate diseases. Arthropods are frequently infected with one or several micro-organisms, serving as micro-ecosystems in which multiple interactions can take place. These micro-organisms include disease agents and symbiotic micro-organisms. The latter are usually vertically...

Université de Neuchâtel

Mites and endosymbionts : towards improved biological control

Zindel, Renate ; Turlings, Ted (Dir.) ; Aebi, Alexandre (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2012.

The microbiome associated with arthropods is very diverse and may significantly influence the biology of biological biocontrol agents and arthropod pests. Some endosymbiont bacteria may even be used to achieve pest or disease vector biological control. The subclass Acari (mites and ticks) is very diverse in form, habitat and behaviour. Mites can be plant pests, parasites of domestic animals...