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2 June 2016 Eriophyid mite Aceria artemisiifoliae sp.nov. (Acari: Eriophyoidea) potential biological control agent of invasive common ragweed, Ambrosia artemisiifolia L. (Asteraceae) in Serbia
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Common ragweed, Ambrosia artemisiifolia L. (Asterales: Asteraceae), is an annual harmful weed of North American origin, now widely distributed in Central and Southern Europe, Asia and Australia. It is an agricultural weed, but it represents a serious risk for human health because its pollen can cause severe allergies. Recently, in the framework of the EU-COST Action ‘SMARTER’, an European program was started with the aim to develop sustainable management strategies for ragweed in Europe, with a special emphasis in the search and selection of biological control agents. Among them, the record of a new eriophyid mite Aceria species in Serbia has been considered as potential important biological control candidate. This paper describes the species following both morphological and bio-molecular approaches, and is giving some preliminary data on the geographical distribution and on the biology of the eriophyid mite on its host plant.

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Biljana Vidović, Tatjana Cvrković, Dragana Rančić, Slavica Marinković, Massimo Cristofaro, Urs Schaffner, and Radmila Petanović "Eriophyid mite Aceria artemisiifoliae sp.nov. (Acari: Eriophyoidea) potential biological control agent of invasive common ragweed, Ambrosia artemisiifolia L. (Asteraceae) in Serbia," Systematic and Applied Acarology 21(7), 919-935, (2 June 2016). https://doi.org/10.11158/saa.21.7.6
Received: 22 January 2016; Accepted: 1 April 2016; Published: 2 June 2016
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