Population survey of phytoseiid mites and spider mites on peach leaves and wild plants in Japanese peach orchard

David Wari, Jun Yamashita, Yoko Kataoka, Yoko Kohara, Norihide Hinomoto, Hidenari Kishimoto, Shingo Toyoshima, Shoji Sonoda

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A population survey of phytoseiid mites and spider mites was conducted on peach leaves and wild plants in Japanese peach orchards having different pesticide practices. The phytoseiid mite species composition on peach leaves and wild plants, as estimated using quantitative sequencing, changed during the survey period. Moreover, it varied among study sites. The phytoseiid mite species compositions were similar between peach leaves and some wild plants, such as Veronica persica, Paederia foetida, Persicaria longiseta, and Oxalis corniculata with larger quantities of phytoseiid mites, especially after mid-summer. A PCR-based method to detect the ribosomal ITS sequences of Tetranychus kanzawai and Panonychus mori from phytoseiid mites was developed. Results showed that Euseius sojaensis (specialized pollen feeder/generalist predator) uses both spider mites as prey in the field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-332
Number of pages20
JournalExperimental and Applied Acarology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014



  • Generalist predator
  • Ground-cover vegetation
  • Phytoseiid mite
  • Species composition
  • Spider mite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Insect Science

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