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Bio-Control Parasite

    A model that simulates host and parasitoid population interactions, parasitism rates, and plant damage is described. BIOCONTROL-PARASITE can simulate many different species of phytophagus insects, parasitoids, and plants because specifics of the insect and plant biology are entered though menus at the beginning of a simulation.

    Divergence in host specificity and genetics among populations of Aphelinus certus

      These are data on variation in host specificity and genetics among 16 populations of an aphid parasitoid, *Aphelinus certus*, 15 from Asia and one from North America. Host range was the same for all the parasitoid populations, but levels of parasitism varied among aphid species, suggesting adaptation to locally abundant aphids. Differences in host specificity did not correlate with geographical distances among parasitoid populations, suggesting that local adaption is mosaic rather than clinal, with a spatial scale of less than 50 kilometers. Analysis of reduced representation libraries for each population showed genetic differentiation among them. Differences in host specificity correlated with genetic distances among the parasitoid populations.

      Genes of viral origin in the Microplitis demolitor genome

        *Microplitis demolitor* (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) is a parasitoid used as a biological control agent to control larval-stage Lepidoptera and serves as a model for studying the function and evolution of symbiotic viruses in the genus Bracovirus. Using RNA-Seq data for this species and manual annotation of genes of viral origin, we annotated a high-quality gene set including 171 virus-derived protein-coding genes.

        IPM Images: The Source for Agriculture and Pest Management Pictures

          A joint project of The University of Georgia - Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, The Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Southern Integrated Pest Management Center, Southern Plant Diagnostic Network, and USDA/APHIS Identification Technology Program, [IPM Images](https://www.ipmimages.org/) image categories include: Commodity Groups; Taxonomy; Biological Controls; Damage Types; and Diseases.