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The effect of temperature on the biology of Phytoseiulus macropilis (Banks)(Phytoseiidae) in applied biological control program/ Efeito da temperatura sobre a biologia de Phytoseiulus macropilis (Banks)(Phytoseiidae) em programa de controle biologico aplicado.


Tetranychid mites have been mentioned as the most important mites that attack plants, presenting a potential to reach a pest status (Moraes & Flechtmann, 2008). Tetranychus urticae Koch (two-spotted spider mite - TSSM) is a polyphagou specie that may feed on more than 600 plant species (Bolland, Gutierrez, & Flechtmann, 1998). Preferentially, this mite attacks the abaxial surface of developed leaves, spinning webs that form silvery-white spots (Lourencao, Pereira, Miranda, & Ambrosano, 2000). The importance of this mite as a possible pest of strawberries in the state of Rio Grande do Sul was reported by Ferla, Marchetti and Goncalves (2007). The damages caused by TSSM are intensely increasing, either in greenhouse or low tunnels (Easterbrook, Fitzgerald, & Solomon, 2001; Sato, Tanaka, & Miyata, 2007), and may reduce the production yields in up to 80% (Ronque, 1999).

The TSSM is most effectively controlled with miticides. However, consumers oppose this method due to its insecticide toxicity, and the negligence of the farmers in the application of such pesticides. Among the natural enemies of tetranychids, it is possible to highlight the predatory mites of the families Phytoseiidae and Stigmaeidae (Moraes, McMurtry, Denmark, & Campos, 2004; Chant & Mcmurtry, 2007; Mcmurtry, Moraes, & Sourassou, 2013). As an alternative for toxic miticides, several studies have been demonstrating that phytoseiid mites may efficiently control strawberry infestations of TSSM. In Brazil, Phytoseiulus fragariae Denmark and P. Schicha, longipes Evans and P. macropilis (Banks) are reported (Moraes et al., 2004).

Phytoseiulus macropilis Banks, described from Florida, is considered the most common predator mite specie in that region (Saba, 1974). Such mite also has been reported in several countries of Europe, Africa and America (Moraes et al., 2004). In Brazil, this specie occurs naturally in all regions, and is generally associated to tetranychid populations (Denmark & Muma, 1973; Moraes et al., 2004; Oliveira et al., 2007).

The evaluating of P. macropilis as a natural enemy to control TSSM presented promising results under laboratory conditions (Oliveira et al., 2007). The fitness of this predator increases when more than five preys are presented (Ferla, Marchetti, Johann, & Haetinger, 2011). The present study has the aim to know the strain fitness of P. macropilis from Vale do Taquari, Rio Grande do Sul, when feeding on TSSM under different temperatures and under laboratory conditions.

Material and methods

Phytoseiulus macropilis specimens were collected from strawberry leaves from Anta Gorda County's, Rio Grande do Sul, five months before the beginning of the research. The rearing stock was maintained in a germination chamber within plastic trays. The TSSM were fed on bean plants at temperature 25 [+ or -] 1[degrees]C, photophase of 12 hours and 80 [+ or -] 10% of relative humidity. The arenas were covered with a glass plate to control the relative humidity. Moreover, such arenas were weekly renewed.

The adult females of P. macropilis were individualized in arenas during a period of six hours to obtain eggs. Thereafter, the females were removed and only an egg per arena was maintained. The research was initiated with 30 eggs for each temperature of 20, 25 and 30 [+ or -] 1[degrees]C, totalizing 90 eggs. The tests were performed in arenas of 2.5 cm diameter and 1.5 cm height, with paper discs dampened and upon them, a bean leaf with TSSM.

The arenas were covered with plastic parafilm to avoid the drying of the leaves and the mite escaping. Such arenas were renewed every four days. The evaluations were realized three times a day in immature phases at 7, 12 and 18 hours, while in adulthood once at 14 hours, as well evaluated the number of eggs and the survival. The females were mated with males obtained from rearing stock and the eggs transferred to another arena to evaluate the sex ratio. Tukey test was utilized to compare the averages, at a significance level of 5%, with the software Bioestat 5.0 (Ayres, Ayres, Ayres, & Santos, 2007).

The data obtained in the present study was organized for life table calculations according to Toldi, Ferla, Dameda, & Majolo (2013). The net reproductive rate ([R.sub.o] = [summation]mx.lx - mx: total eggs/number of females; lx: live specimens/total specimens), the average generation length (T = [summation]mx.lx.x / [summation] mx.lx), the innate capacity for increase (rm=log Ro/ T.0.4343) and the finite increase rate ([lambda] = antilog rm) were calculated (Silveira, Nakano, Barbin, & Nova, 1976).

Results and discussion

The average length of the immature phases decreased with the increase of temperature, presenting higher length at 20[degrees]C and lower at 30[degrees]C. In the three temperatures, significant differences between the stages were observed. The average length of egg-adulthood period changed between 7.18 days at 20[degrees]C and 3.28 days at 30[degrees]C. The average development time and average of immature stages changed in each phase and between the sexes at every temperature. The egg-adulthood period was similar between male and female in all temperatures. The incubation and larval periods were higher at 20[degrees]C and lower at 30[degrees]C. However, the protonymph and deutonymph phases were similar at 25 and 30[degrees]C. The females presented different incubation length, while larval, protonymph and deutonymph stages presented similarities at the temperature of 25 and 30 [degrees]C (Table 1).

The number of eggs per female decreased with the increasing of temperature, being noted an average of 62.33 eggs [female.sup.-1], at 20[degrees]C, and 25.19, at 30[degrees]C (Table 2). However, the number of eggs [female.sup.-1] [day.sup.-1] was higher at the temperature of 30[degrees]C. The female longevity differed statistically in all temperatures, being maximum longevity observed at 20[degrees]C, with average of 40.22 days and minimum at 30[degrees]C, when observed on average 12.16 days. The longevity of male and female was different, since the males lived 50.81days at 20[degrees]C and 15.68 at 30[degrees]C, while females lived on average 40.22 days at 20[degrees]C and 12.16 days at 30[degrees]C. In pre oviposition period at 20[degrees]C, females laid eggs after 4.72 days, while at 30[degrees]C they laid eggs after 1.85 days. Greater oviposition and post oviposition periods were observed at 20[degrees]C and lower at 30[degrees]C. In the temperature of 20[degrees]C, a long high oviposition period is observed, while in the others temperatures the oviposition is high during a short period in the beginning, being subsequently followed by a sharp decline (Figure 1).

The F1 sex ratio was 0.77. The average generation length (T) decreased with the temperature increase, ranging from 25.71 days at 20[degrees]C to 11.14 days at 30[degrees]C. The net reproductive rate (Ro) ranged from 45.47 at 20[degrees]C to 18.25 at 30[degrees]C. Innate capacity for increase ([r.sub.m]) was 0.15 at 20[degrees]C, reaching 0.26 at 30[degrees]C and finite increase rate ([lambda]) ranged from 1.41 to 1.82 females [day.sup.-1] at 20[degrees]C and at 30[degrees]C, respectively (Table 3). Higher specific fertility (mx) period happened between 12[degrees] and 44[degrees] day, at 20[degrees]C (Figure 2), from 8[degrees] to 32[degrees] days, at 25[degrees]C (Figure 3) and from 7[degrees] to 19[degrees] days, at 30[degrees]C (Figure 4). The maximum rate of population increase was observed during the first four days of oviposition, at 20[degrees]C (Figure 2), on the first day, at 25[degrees]C (Figure 3) and on the first and second day, at 30[degrees]C.

The temperature affected the life cycle of P. macropilis in the immature and in the adulthood phases. The length of immature phases decreased with the temperature increase. Silva, Vasconcelos, Gondim Jr., and Oliveira (2005) and Ali (1998) also observed a negative correlation between temperature and length of immature phases. This predatory mite, when fed on Tetranychus tumidus Banks at 26[degrees]C, presented similar immature phases length of those observed in this work (Prasad, 1967). Moreover, Silva et al. (2005) also observed similar values of those obtained in the present research at 30[degrees]C.

In the present study, the average length of the egg-adult phase at 20[degrees]C was 7.18 days. Such result is similar of those obtained by Ali (1998). For Silva et al. (2005) in the same conditions, the period was 9.6 days. The egg-adult length at 25[degrees]C lasted 3.96 days in the present investigation. This result is similar of those observed by Prasad (1967) and Silva et al. (2005), with 4.2 and 4.8 days, respectively. However, Ali (1998) observed a period of 5.7 days.

The length of adulthood phases, as fecundity, pre oviposition, oviposition and post oviposition, differed between the evaluated temperatures. The oviposition and post oviposition decrease with the increase of the temperature. There was a significant reduction of the fecundity from 20 to 30[degrees]C, since at 30[degrees]C the number of eggs [female.sup.-1] was lower.

The temperature had a negative influence on P. macropilis longevity, since its increase decreased the phase length. Under the temperature of 20[degrees]C the lowest reproductive capacity (innate capacity for increase ([r.sub.m]) was observed. The temperature range between 20[degrees]C and 30[degrees]C was the most appropriate.

The female longevity was influenced by the temperature increase, being that higher longevity was reached at 20[degrees]C and lower at 30[degrees]C. These results may be compared with Prasad (1967), which observed 27 days at 26[degrees]C. Silva et al. (2005) observed a higher longevity of 44 days at 26[degrees]C, and lower longevity of 22.6 days at 20[degrees]C. Higher values were observed by Ali (1998), with 57.2 days at 20[degrees]C and 36.7 days at 30[degrees]C.

Male longevity also was superior on lower temperatures. This is in agreement with Ali (1998) that observed 47.8 days at 20[degrees]C and 28.7 days at 30[degrees]C. For Silva et al. (2005), there was no difference between the temperatures of 20 and 26[degrees]C, since the mites reached 34.5 and 35.8 days, respectively. Feeding on T. tumidus, the male reached 30.2 days of longevity at 26[degrees]C (Prasad, 1967).

With the increase of the temperature a decrease of the generation lenght (T) and net reproductive rate ([R.sub.o]) was observed. However, the innate capacity for increase ([r.sub.m]) and finite increase rate ([lambda]) presented a considerable growth, indicating that the temperature increase influenced positively in the specie reproduction.

The number of eggs [female.sup.-1] was similar of that observed when P. macropilis was fed on Mononychellus planki McGregor (35.00 [+ or -] 1.94) at 25[degrees]C (Majolo & Ferla, 2014). Furthermore, the reproductive rate ([R.sub.o]), innate capacity for increase ([r.sub.m]) and finite increase rate ([lambda]) were higher, while the generation length (T) was lower. In such study, results demonstrated that P. macropilis prefer TSSM instead of M. planki.

Under the temperatures of 20 and 25[degrees]C, the values of innate capacity for increase ([r.sub.m]), length generation (T) and finite increase rate ([lambda]) are similar to the results observed by Silva et al. (2005). Nonetheless, net reproductive rate ([R.sub.o]) was higher at 20[degrees]C and lower at 25[degrees]C. The values described in this work at 30[degrees]C, are similar to those of Ali (1998) at 32[degrees]C.

The temperature is one of the key factors which influence applied biological control. As observed in the present investigation, the temperature range of 20 to 30[degrees]C is the most appropriate for P. macropilis control the specific prey TSSM. These results were expected, since in the collecting locality, the average temperatures during the coldest month are higher than 11.3[degrees]C and the average temperatures during the hottest month are 26[degrees], characterizing such climate as humid and mild (Buriol, Estefanel, Chagas, & Eberhardt, 2007). This predator mite, collected from lower temperatures between 11 and 26[degrees]C, may present a good potential to control TSSM in environments with temperatures around 30[degrees]C.


The evaluation of the strain of P. macropilis from milder climate demonstrated that such predator mite presents the capacity to control T. urticae under temperatures between 20 and 30[degrees]C. The temperature alteration influenced the biological parameters, however, in the analyzed temperatures, the predator may control the specific prey TSSM.

Doi: 10.4025/actascibiolsci.v38i2.29087


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Received on September 17, 2015.

Accepted on June 15, 2016.

Catiane Dameda (1), Maicon Toldi (1) *, Fernanda Majolo (2) and Noeli Juarez Ferla (1)

(1) Laboratorio de Acarologia, Tecnovates, Centro Universitario Univates, Rua Avelino Talini, 171, 95900-000, Lajeado, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. (2) Instituto de Pesquisas Biomedicas, Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. * Author for correspondence. E-mail:

Caption: Figure 1. Oviposition rate (eggs [female.sup.-1] [day.sup.-1]) of Phytoseiulus macropilis feeding on TSSM at 20, 25 and 30[degrees]C, photophase of 12 hours and 80 [+ or -] 10% relative humidity.

Caption: Figure 2. The specific fertility (mx) and survival rate (lx) of Phytoseiulus macropilis feeding on TSSM at 20[degrees]C, photophase of 12 hours and 80 [+ or -] 10% relative humidity.

Caption: Figure 3. The specific fertility (mx) and survival rate (lx) of Phytoseiulus macropilis feeding on TSSM at 25[degrees]C, photophase of 12 hours and 80 [+ or -] 10% relative humidity.

Caption: Figure 4. The specific fertility (mx) and survival rate (lx) of Phytoseiulus macropilis feeding on TSSM at 30[degrees]C, photophase of 12 hours and 80 [+ or -] 10% relative humidity.
Table 1. Average duration, in days ([+ or -]SD), of immature instars
of Phytoseiulus macropilis feeding on TSSM at temperature of 20, 25
and 30[degrees]C with photophase of 12 hours and relative humidity of
80 [+ or -] 10%.

                          N            Egg

20[degrees]C   [female]   18   2.85 [+ or -] 0.06 a
                [male]    10   2.92 [+ or -] 0.13 A
25[degrees]C   [female]   20   1.67 [+ or -] 0.02 b
                [male]    10   1.65 [+ or -] 0.03 B
30[degrees]C   [female]   17   1.52 [+ or -] 0.00 c
                [male]    12   1.52 [+ or -] 0.00 C

                                 Larva                Protonymph

20[degrees]C   [female]   1.04 [+ or -] 0.06 a   1.60 [+ or -] 0.06 a
                [male]    0.99 [+ or -] 0.13 A   1.53 [+ or -] 0.13 A
25[degrees]C   [female]   0.72 [+ or -] 0.02 b   0.92 [+ or -] 0.04 b
                [male]    0.73 [+ or -] 0.03 B   0.72 [+ or -] 0.06 B
30[degrees]C   [female]   0.39 [+ or -] 0.00 c   0.60 [+ or -] 0.00 c
                [male]    0.39 [+ or -] 0.00 C   0.77 [+ or -] 0.12 B

                               Deutonymph             Egg-adult

20[degrees]C   [female]   1.69 [+ or -] 0.05 a   7.18 [+ or -] 0.10 a
                [male]    1.69 [+ or -] 0.15 A   7.15 [+ or -] 0.16 A
25[degrees]C   [female]   0.64 [+ or -] 0.04 b   3.96 [+ or -] 0.03 b
                [male]    0.63 [+ or -] 0.02 B   3.74 [+ or -] 0.06 B
30[degrees]C   [female]   0.77 [+ or -] 0.04 b   3.28 [+ or -] 0.04 c
                [male]    0.76 [+ or -] 0.12 B   3.43 [+ or -] 0.23 C

N, mite number evaluated. Averages ([+ or -]SD) followed by the same
capital letter or lowercase letter in the line do not differ
statistically from each other by the test t Student, at a
significance level of 5%.

Table 2. Female and male longevity and adulthood phases of
Phytoseiulus macropilis at temperature of 20, 25 and 30 [degrees]C,
photophase of 12 hours and 80[+ or -]10% relative humidity.

Parameters                            Temperatures ([degrees]C)
                                    N    20

Fecundity (eggs [female.sup.-1])    18   62.33 [+ or -] 2.18 a
Eggs [female.sup.-1][day.sup.-1]    18    2.20 [+ or -] 0.09 ab
Pre oviposition                     18    4.72 [+ or -] 0,64 a
Oviposition                         18   23.57 [+ or -] 2.6 a
Post oviposition                    18    4.37 [+ or -] 0.98 a
Female longevity                    18   40.22 [+ or -] 3.22 a
Male longevity                      10   50.81 [+ or -] 4.06 a

Parameters                            Temperatures ([degrees]C)
                                    N    25

Fecundity (eggs [female.sup.-1])    18    35.2 [+ or -] 4.8 b
Eggs [female.sup.-1][day.sup.-1]    18    1.98 [+ or -] 0.14 b
Pre oviposition                     18    3.78 [+ or -] 0.03 a
Oviposition                         18   14.66 [+ or -] 1.8 b
Post oviposition                    18    2.11 [+ or -] 0.9 ab
Female longevity                    18   22.57 [+ or -] 2.7 b
Male longevity                      10   23.19 [+ or -] 5.82 b

Parameters                          Temperatures ([degrees]C)
                                    N    30

Fecundity (eggs [female.sup.-1])    16   25.19 [+ or -] 4.32 b
Eggs [female.sup.-1][day.sup.-1]    16    2.68 [+ or -] 0.33 a
Pre oviposition                     16    1.85 [+ or -] 0.18 b
Oviposition                         16    7.62 [+ or -] 1.02 c
Post oviposition                    16    1.00 [+ or -] 0.52 b
Female longevity                    16   12.16 [+ or -] 0.93 c
Male longevity                      12   15.68 [+ or -] 1.69 b

N, mite number evaluated. Average followed by the same letter in the
column does not differ by Tukey test at 0.05 significance.

Table 3. Average generation length (T), net reproductive rate (R0),
innate capacity for increase (rm) and finite increase rate (A.) of
Phytoseiulus macropilis feeding on TSSM, at temperature of 20, 25 and
30[degrees]C, photophase of 12 hours and 80 [+ or -] 10 % relative

Temperature      T     [R.sub.o]   [r.sub.m]    []

20             25.71     45.47       0.15      1.41
25             17.00     24.40       0.19      1.55
30             11.14     18.25       0.26      1.82
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