Exploring the abundance and DNA barcode information of eight parasitoid wasps species (Hymenoptera), the natural enemies of the important pest of oil palm, bagworm, Metisa plana (Lepidoptera: Psychidae) toward the biocontrol approach and it's application in Malaysia

Madihah Halim, Ameyra Aman-Zuki, Syarifah Zulaikha Syed Ahmad, Abdullah Muhaimin Mohammad Din, Atikah Abdul Rahim, Mohamed Mazmira Mohd Masri, Badrul Munir Md. Zain, Salmah Yaakop

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Parasitoid wasps (Hymenoptera) play a significant role in reducing the pest population of the bagworm species Metisa plana. This study presents the abundance and DNA barcoding information of eight parasitoid wasps species, Dolichogenidea metesae (47%), Brachymeria carinata (19%), Buysmania oxymora (12%), Goryphus bunoh (7%), Pediobius anomalus (5%), Eupelmus cotoxanthae (2%), Apanteles aluella (5%), Apanteles sp.1 (3%) and that emerged from M. plana collected from three highly infested oil palm plantations in Selangor (west), Perak (north) and Johor (south) in Peninsular Malaysia. Samples of infested M. plana were collected from the field and reared in a rearing room. The parasitoid wasp species D. metesae recorded the highest emergence numbers and the broadest presence in all the sampling sites. The relationships among the parasitoids species were estimated and visualized using Neighbor Joining (NJ) phylogenetic analyses with the Ceraphronidae family as an outgroup. The resulting NJ tree showed that the identified parasitoid wasps were successfully classified into specific species and supported with bootstraps values between 55% to 100%. This study provides important information on potential biological control agents for M. plana that may be useful for the Malaysian oil palm industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1359-1365
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Asia-Pacific Entomology
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018

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bagworms
Psychidae
DNA barcoding
Elaeis guineensis
natural enemies
Malaysia
biological control
Hymenoptera
Lepidoptera
pests
Apanteles
Ceraphronidae
Dolichogenidea
Pediobius
Brachymeria
Eupelmus
parasitoids
biological control agents
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Keywords

  • DNA Barcoding
  • Emerged parasitoids
  • Malaysia
  • Metisa plana
  • Oil palm plantations

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  • Insect Science

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Exploring the abundance and DNA barcode information of eight parasitoid wasps species (Hymenoptera), the natural enemies of the important pest of oil palm, bagworm, Metisa plana (Lepidoptera : Psychidae) toward the biocontrol approach and it's application in Malaysia. / Halim, Madihah; Aman-Zuki, Ameyra; Syed Ahmad, Syarifah Zulaikha; Mohammad Din, Abdullah Muhaimin; Abdul Rahim, Atikah; Mohd Masri, Mohamed Mazmira; Md. Zain, Badrul Munir; Yaakop, Salmah.

In: Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology, Vol. 21, No. 4, 01.12.2018, p. 1359-1365.

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