Journal article

A method to investigate neonicotinoid resistance in mites

Paul A Umina, Aston Arthur, Mathew Binns, James Maino

Experimental and Applied Acarology | SPRINGER | Published : 2019


The redlegged earth mite (Halotydeus destructor) is an important agricultural pest in Australia, with a wide range of plant hosts. Halotydeus destructor has developed resistance to pyrethroid and organophosphorus insecticides as a consequence of the widespread use of these chemicals by farmers. Neonicotinoids are one of the few remaining insecticide classes registered against H. destructor in which resistance has not been detected, although there have been occasional reports of control difficulties experienced in the field. There is currently no reliable way to accurately test the response of H. destructor (or indeed any mite species) to neonicotinoid insecticides. Here, we developed a new b..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported through the Grains Research and Development Corporation (Grant no. UM00057). We thank Alan Lord, and those farmers and advisors who assisted with mite collections and freely provided field history details. Thanks also to the editor and anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments on this manuscript.