Neoseiulus barkeri is a generalist biological control agent of multiple insect pests (Hao et al., 2021). Its development, reproduction and predation ability were negatively affected by short-term heat treatment (Li et al., 2021), further affecting its biocontrol efficiency. We established a high-temperature adapted strain (HTAS) of N. barkeri through long-term heat hardening and acclimation. However, whether the temperature tolerance of HTAS of N. barkeri will change when the selective pressure is removed remains unknown.
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Hao, H.H., Li, P.Z., Xu, T.W., Wu, Q.Q., Zhang, F.P. & Peng, Z.Q. (2021) Preliminary evaluation of the control effect of two predatory mite species on Eotetranychus sexmaculatus in rubber trees in Hainan Province, China. Systematic & Applied Acarology, 26(12), 2287–2296.