In the search for new bioresources in increasingly remote and rural regions, researchers will use the traditional knowledge of local communities to support their search for new, untapped plants, animals or chemical compounds. The ethical (and sometimes political) issues surrounding this come when this knowledge is used without permission, and exploits the local community’s assistance and culture for commercial gain. This is called biopiracy.
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We’ve selected a few of the latest new geographic, host and species records for plant pests and diseases from CAB Abstracts. Records this fortnight include a report on a new pest on Althea in Turkey, a new species of longhorn beetle (Cerambycidae) in Albania and the first report of Angarus as an egg parasitoid of the banana lacewing bug (Stephanitis typica).
- Pest status of Dactylopius opuntiae(Cockerell) (Hemiptera: Dactylopiidae) and new records of scale insects from northern Turkish Republic of Cyprus. Ülgentürk, S.; Hocaalİ, S. Ș. (2019) Munis Entomology & Zoology 14 (1) 294-300.
- The “ADASI” lace bug Urentius euonymusDistant, 1909 (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Tingidae) a new pest on Althea (Malvaceae) in southeastern Anatolian region of Turkey. Bolu, H.; Çelİk, H.; Kuștoğan, N. (2019) Munis Entomology & Zoology 14 (1) 265-269.
- Biodiversity and zoogeography of Cicadomorpha (excl. Deltocephalinae) species from southwestern Turkey (Insecta: Hemiptera). Demİr, E. (2019) Munis Entomology & Zoology 14 (1) 236-243.
- Contributions to Coreoidea (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) fauna of Western Black Sea Region. Fent, M.; Dursun, A. (2019) Munis Entomology & Zoology 14 (1) 217-223.
- Ectoparasitoid Braconinae species (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) of plant pest (Coleoptera, Diptera, Lepidoptera and Hymenoptera) determined from Bİngöl, Bİtlİs, Muș and Van provinces of Turkey. Beyarslan, A.; Șahİn, F. (2019) Munis Entomology & Zoology 14 (1) 136-147.
- Vadonia albanica nov. – description of a new species from Albania (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). Vartanis, J. (2019) Munis Entomology & Zoology 14 (1) 104-107.
- Natural enemies of banana lacewing bug, Stephanitis typica(Distant) in India, including first report of Anagrus (Hymenoptera: Mymaridae) as its egg parasitoid. Poorani, J.; Padmanaban, B.; Thanigairaj, R. (2019) Munis Entomology & Zoology 14 (1) 83-87.
- New or interesting records of longhorn beetles fauna of Pakistan (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). Rapuzzi, P.; Kuleshov, D. A.; Fazal, T. M.; Ahmed, Z.; Hussain, A. (2019) Munis Entomology & Zoology 14 (1) 62-79.
- Pest species of Aphidomorpha and Coccomorpha (Hemiptera) on conifers urban areas of Ankara, Turkey. Ülgentürk, S.; Özdemİr, I.; Muștu, M.; Dostbİl, Ö.; Erbaș, C. (2019) Munis Entomology & Zoology 14 (1) 51-61.
- A new species of GastrancistrusWestwood (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae) reared from apricot flower midge,Contarina pruniflorum Coutin & Rambier (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) in Malatya province, Turkey. Doğanlar, M.; Yİğİt, T. (2019) Munis Entomology & Zoology 14 (1) 24-27.
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In honour of International Women’s Day, Dr Yelitza Colmenarez, Plantwise Regional Coordinator for Latin America and Caribbean and Country Director of CABI Brazil, reveals the motivation and inspiration behind her career in science communications and says her mother and grandfather’s advice has helped her overcome barriers faced as a professional woman.
CABI and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) have signed a four-year agreement worth AUD $2.1 million to guide future collaboration that will fight a range of crop pests and disease which threaten global food security.
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