“Cinipide, la lotta biologica funziona” by Luca Berti, in La Regione Ticino

Torymus sinensis, a chinese hymenopteran parasitoid is considered as the only antagonist of the chestnut gall wasp Dryocosmus kuriphilus. After the invasion of the gall wasp in Ticino’s chestnut forests, cantonal authorities sought an homologation of T. sinensis by the Federal Office for the Environment. A very good paper by Luca Berti (published the 4th of July 2012 in La Regione Ticino) summarizes the biosafety questions raised by this classical biological control example and the international situation where different countries regulate the introduction of exotic natural enemies differently. The paper (in italian) can be read here PDF

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