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Biological control, host choice and handling behavior by a hymenopteran parasitoid
The planthopper Tagosodes orizicolus is a pest of rice, and the vector of the hoja blanca virus (RHBV). As a means for biological control, we tested the efficacy of predation and parasitism by the native dryinid wasp Haplogonatopus hernandezae as a natural enemy of this rice pest in Costa Rica. We also explored the mechanism of host choice and handling behavior in predation and parasitism events by this hymenopteran parasitoid.
 
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