Seven decades of studies with Asopinae predators in Brazil (1933●-○2014)

  • Evaldo Martins Pires UFMT
  • Marcus Alvarenga Soares UFVJM
  • Roberta Martins Nogueira UFMT
  • José Cola Zanuncio UFV
  • Paulo Sergio Andrade Moreira UFMT
  • Marco Antonio de Oliveira
Keywords: Biology. Biochemistry. Mass rearing. Ecology. Taxonomy. Toxicology.


Studies of Asopinae predators in Brazil were initiated in the 1930's, focusing on the use of these insects in biological control programs. However, the beginning of a period of major contributions to the knowledge on Asopinae predators started in the year 1986, with the release of the first research results, in the Proceedings of the X Brazilian Congress of Entomology in Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil. In 1991 the first scientific paper was published on the predator Podisus connexivus Bergroth [= Podisus nigrispinus (Dallas)] (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), with study of the biological parameters of this predator for alternative feeding of the caterpillars Bombyx mori Linnaeus (Lepidoptera: Bombycidae) and larvae Musca domestica (Linnaeus) (Diptera: Muscidae). The first master thesis studying Asopinae predators in Brazil was defended in 1990 at the Federal University of Lavras, which focused was on biology and predatory capacity of Podisus nigrolimbatus [= Brontocoris nigrolimbatus = Brontocoris tabidus] and Podisus connexivus [= Podisus nigrispinus] in the laboratory. Throughout all these years of research and investigations, advances with Asopinae predators occurred in several fields that resulted in a better understanding of these insects, making them an effective tool for controlling insect pests in the agriculture and forestry sectors.


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Author Biography

Evaldo Martins Pires, UFMT
How to Cite
Pires, E. M., Soares, M. A., Nogueira, R. M., Zanuncio, J. C., Moreira, P. S. A., & Oliveira, M. A. de. (2015). Seven decades of studies with Asopinae predators in Brazil (1933●-○2014) . Bioscience Journal, 31(5).
Biological Sciences