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August : Request for Bronze Bug, Thaumastocoris peregrinus

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5 August, 2011

We are in need of large numbers of Thaumastocoris peregrinus (Bronze Bug) adults for rearing of its potential biological control agent, the egg parasitoid Cleruchoides noackae. We are busy with experiments on this parasitoid in the FABI quarantine facility, as part of the process to move towards its release. Thus, it is crucial that we have sufficient Thaumastocoris to maintain the parasitoid colony.

Please contact me if you know of an area with high infestations of Thaumastocoris.
brett.hurley@fabi.up.ac.za

Phone: 012 420 5822
Mobile: 082 909 3211

Information on the symptoms of Thaumastocoris can be found on the following links:
1. Pest disease alerts
2. Bronze Bug

Thank you for your assistance.


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