Prospective analysis of the geographic distribution and relative abundance of asian citrus psyllid (Hemiptera: Liviidae) and citrus greening disease in North America and the mediterranean basin

Andrew Paul Gutierrez, Luigi Ponti

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The invasive Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri Kuwayama) is the vector of the bacterial pathogen ('Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus') that is the putative causal agent of citrus greening disease (Huanglongbing disease) in citrus in many areas of the world. The capacity to predict the potential geographic distribution, phenology and relative abundance of the pest and disease is pivotal to developing sound policy for their management. A weather-driven physiologically based demographic model (PBDM) system was developed to summarize the available data in the literature, and used to assess prospectively the geographic distribution and relative yield of citrus, the relative densities of the psyllid, its parasitoid (Tamarixia radiata Waterston), and the potential severity of citrus greening disease in North America and the Mediterranean Basin. The potential for natural and biological control of citrus psyllid was examined prospectively.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1375 - 1391
Number of pages17
JournalFlorida Entomologist
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Insect Science

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