Combined thermal and insecticidal stresses on the generalist predator Macrolophus pygmaeus

Ricupero M., Abbes K., Haddi K., Kurtulus A., Desneux N., Russo A., ...More

SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, vol.729, 2020 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 729
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.138922
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Ecotoxicological risk assessments of pesticides on non-target arthropods are often carried out under constant and optimal temperature regimes. However, living organisms rarely experience these conditions in real field situations. Understanding the impact of pesticides on non-target beneficial arthropods under temperature stresses is especially important in terms of global warming. We assessed the lethal and sublethal effects of four modern insecticides (chlorantraniliprole, cyantraniliprole, spinetoram, spinosad), on the generalist predatorMacrolophus pygmaeus (Hemiptera: Miridae) under a range of temperatures (from 10 to 40 degrees C) frequently experienced in a real field scenario. A reduction coefficient (E-x) was calculated by summarizing the mortality and predator reproductive capacity and, the chemicals were classified according to the International Organization for Biological Control (IOBC) toxicity classes. The insecticides showed a marked synergistic effect with temperature, as the predator mortality and reproductive outputs were significantly correlated with increasing temperatures. Spinosyns interacted significantly with temperature causing the highest mortality and lowest fertility rates. Anthranilic diamides showed a safer ecotoxicological profile compared to spinosyns, with cyantraniliprole being more harmful than chlorantraniliprole. These results suggest that temperature should be taken into account in pesticide ecotoxicology studies within the framework of integrated pest management and the recent climate changes. (C) 2020 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.