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Journal of Pest Science

, Volume 83, Issue 3, pp 197–215 | Cite as

Biological invasion of European tomato crops by Tuta absoluta: ecology, geographic expansion and prospects for biological control

  • Nicolas Desneux
  • Eric Wajnberg
  • Kris A. G. Wyckhuys
  • Giovanni Burgio
  • Salvatore Arpaia
  • Consuelo A. Narváez-Vasquez
  • Joel González-Cabrera
  • Diana Catalán Ruescas
  • Elisabeth Tabone
  • Jacques Frandon
  • Jeannine Pizzol
  • Christine Poncet
  • Tomás Cabello
  • Alberto Urbaneja
Article

Abstract

The tomato leafminer Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) is a devastating pest of tomato originating from South America. After its initial detection in eastern Spain in 2006, it rapidly invaded various other European countries and spread throughout the Mediterranean basin. If no control measures are taken, then the pest can cause up to 80–100% yield losses in tomato crops in recently invaded areas and may pose a threat to both greenhouse and open-field tomato production. The exceptional speed and extent of T. absoluta invasion have called for studies documenting its biology and ecology, while indicating an urgent need for efficient and sustainable management methods. The development of approaches to manage T. absoluta would be facilitated through a detailed revision of information on this pest in its area of origin. This review combines information on the invasion by T. absoluta, its ecology, and potential management strategies, including data that may help the implementation of efficient biological control programs. These programs, together with a variety of other management tactics, may allow efficient integrated pest management of T. absoluta in Europe and Mediterranean Basin countries.

Keywords

Tuta absoluta Biological control Invasive species Natural enemies Integrated pest management 

Notes

Ackowledgements

We thank José María Guitián Castrillón and Francisco Javier García Domínguez (Tragsatec, Spain) for their involvement on CLIMEX analysis, and comments on an earlier version of the manuscript. We also thank the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Pest Science for the invitation to submit a review article on Tuta absoluta to the journal.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicolas Desneux
    • 1
  • Eric Wajnberg
    • 1
  • Kris A. G. Wyckhuys
    • 2
  • Giovanni Burgio
    • 3
  • Salvatore Arpaia
    • 4
  • Consuelo A. Narváez-Vasquez
    • 2
  • Joel González-Cabrera
    • 5
  • Diana Catalán Ruescas
    • 6
  • Elisabeth Tabone
    • 1
  • Jacques Frandon
    • 7
  • Jeannine Pizzol
    • 1
  • Christine Poncet
    • 1
  • Tomás Cabello
    • 8
  • Alberto Urbaneja
    • 5
  1. 1.INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research)Sophia-AntipolisFrance
  2. 2.Horticulture Research CenterUniversidad Jorge Tadeo LozanoChia (Cundinamarca)Colombia
  3. 3.Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Agroambientali-Entomologia, Alma Mater StudiorumUniversità di BolognaBolognaItaly
  4. 4.ENEA, National Agency for New Technology, Energy and Economic Sustainable DevelopmentTrisaia Research CentreRotondellaItaly
  5. 5.Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias (IVIA), Centro de Protección Vegetal y BiotecnologíaUnidad de EntomologíaMoncada, ValenciaSpain
  6. 6.Tecnologias y Servicios Agrarios, S. A., TragsatecMadridSpain
  7. 7.BiotopValbonneFrance
  8. 8.Centro de Investigación en Biotecnología AgroalimentariaUniversidad de AlmeríaAlmeríaSpain

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