Highlight On The Parasitoids Species (Hymenoptera) Of Important Crops Insect Pests In Malaysia | 107149
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Parasitoids are group of insects that play an important role in the agricultural ecosystem. They play a pivotal roles
by laying eggs inside their host, get nutrient from the host and consequently kill the hosts. Their presence in the
field are highly significant and influences yield production and sustainability of the ecosystem. Through several series
of studies (2011-2018), we have presented and compiled several significant parasitoids that potential to be applied
as natural enemies or parasitoids on several insect pests that infesting crops e.g. oil palm, cocoa, coconut, paddy,
rice storage, fruits, vegetables etc. in Malaysia. The parasitoids for the pests of Bactrocera spp., stem borers, storage
pests, bagworms, cocoa pod borer (CPB), sap beetles, Red Palm Weevil (RPW) and many more have been performed
based on samples from various localities and populations throughout the Peninsular Malaysia. The identification
status of the species has been verified based on molecular data in both species, the pests and the parasitoids. Besides
that, phylogenetic analysis implemented and helps to investigate the species relationships, and promotes accurate
classification and identification. Furthermore, the coevolution and evolution of the species also obtained to reveal
some information on the particular species. Besides that, genetic diversity and species variation information are
also necessary for population genetic study to enhance understanding on adaptability and survivability of a species.
Therefore, the aim of this study is to update the current information of the Malaysian insect parasitoids-pests species
for creating the best strategy towards sustainable species management.
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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
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Salmah Yaakop, PhD, is a senior lecturer at the Centre for Insect Systematics, School of Environmental Science and Natural Resources, Faculty of Science and Technology (FST), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). Her expertise is in the field of insects taxonomy and molecular systematic, specialising in parasitoids (Braconidae: Hymenoptera) and cicadas (Cicadidae : Homoptera). She has obtained her PhD degree from State University of Groningen, The Netherlands. She has published 83 reputed journals and conferences papers and actively conducting research on insects which have significance in agricultural areas.