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DE BIASE A., SMITH L., BRUNETTI M., BELVEDERE S., PRIMERANO S., ANTONINI G., LA MARCA A., AUDISIO P., BIONDI M., CRISTOFARO M. (2019). Three prospective agents instead of one? Cryptic diversity of the biological control agent Psylliodes chalcomera. Biological Control 136. 103998.


MASI M., FREDA F., SANGERMANO F.,  CALABRÒ V., CIMMINO A., CRISTOFARO M., MEYER S. AND  EVIDENTE A. (2019). Radicinin, a fungal phytotoxin as a target-species bioherbicide for invasive buffelgrass (Cenchrus ciliaris) control. Molecules doi:10.3390/molecules24061086


CHARDONNET F., BLANCHET A., HURTEL B., MARINI F., SMITH L. (2018). Mass-rearing optimization of the parasitoid Psyttalia lounsburyi for biological control of the olive fruit fly. Journal of Applied Entomology 00:1–12. doi: 10.1111/jen.12573


DE LILLO E., VIDOVIĆ B., PETANOVIĆ R., CRISTOFARO M., MARINI F., AUGÉ M., CVRKOVIĆ T., BABIĆ E., MATTIA C., LOTHFOLLAI P., RECTOR B.G. (2018). A new Aculodes species (Prostigmata: Eriophyoidea: Eriophyidae) associated with medusahead, Taeniatherum caput-medusae (L.) Nevski (Poaceae). Systematic and Applied Acarology 23(7):1217-1226. doi: 10.11158/saa.23.7.1


MARSHALL M, GOOLSBY J.A.,  VACEK A.T., MORAND P.J., KIRK A.A.,  CORTES MENDOZ E., CRISTOFARO M., BOWNES A.,  MASTORAS A.,  KASHEFI J.,  CHASKOPOULOU A., SMITH L., GOLDSMITH B. AND RACELIS A.E. (2018). Densities of the Arundo wasp, Tetramesa romana (Hymenoptera: Eurytomidae) across its native range in Mediterranean Europe and introduced ranges in North America and Africa. Biocontrol Science and Technology, https://doi.org/10.1080/09583157.2018.1493090


SCHAFFNER U., SMITH, L., CRISTOFARO M. (2018). A review of open-field host range testing to evaluate non-target use by herbivorous biological control candidates. BioControl. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10526-018-9875-7


SMITH L., CRISTOFARO M., BON M.C., DE BIASE A., PETANOVIĆ R., VIDOVIĆ B. (2018). The importance of cryptic species and subspecific populations in classic biological control of weeds: a North American perspective. BioControl:1-9


VIDOVIĆ B., KAMALI H., PETANOVIC R., CRISTOFARO M., WEYL P., GHORBANALI A., CVRKOVIĆ T., AUGÉ M., MARINI F. (2018). A new Aceria species (Acari: Trombidiformes: Eriophyoidea) from West Asia, a potential biological control agent for the invasive weed camelthorn, Alhagi maurorum Medik. (Leguminosae). Acarologia 58(2):302-312. doi: 10.24349/acarologia/20184243


DE LILLO E., PANZARINO O., LOVERRE P., VALENZANO D., MATTIA C., MARINI F., AUGÉ M., CRISTOFARO M. (2017). New eriophyoid mites from Italy. IV. Mites associated to weed plants. Syst Appl Acarol, 22(12): 2256–2272.   DOI: 10.11158/saa.22.12.15


MASI M., MEYER S., CLEMENT S., CIMMINO A., CRISTOFARO M., AND EVIDENTE A. (2017). Cochliotoxin a dihydropyranopyran-4,5-dione, and its Analogues Produced by Cochliobolus australiensis display phytotoxic Activity against Buffelgrass (Cenchrus ciliaris). J. Nat Prod. 80: 1241-1247


MASI M., MEYER S., CLEMENT S., PESCITELLI G., CIMMINO A., CRISTOFARO M., EVIDENTE A. (2017). Chloromonilinic Acids C and D, Phytotoxic Tetrasubstituted 3-Chromanonacrylic Acids Isolated from Cochliobolus australiensis with Potential Herbicidal Activity against Buffelgrass (Cenchrus ciliaris). J. Nat Prod. 80 (10): 2771-2777


MASI M., MEYER S., GORECKI M., MANDOLI A., DI BARI L., PESCITELLI G., CIMMINO A., CRISTOFARO M., CLEMENT S., EVIDENTE A. (2017). Pyriculins A and B, two monosubstituted hex-4-ene-2,3-diols and other phytotoxic metabolites produced by Pyricularia grisea isolated from buffelgrass (Cenchrus ciliaris). Chirality, 29 (11): 726-736 DOI: 10.1002/chir.22744


MUSMECI S., BELVEDERE S., SASSO R., ARNONE S., CRISTOFARO M., NOBILI P., LA MARCA A., DE BIASE A. (2017). Last-male sperm precedence in Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Olivier): observations in laboratory mating experiments with irradiated males. Bull Entomol Res, 3: 1-9.


VIDOVIČ B., KAMALI H., PETANOVIČ R., CRISTOFARO M., WEYL PH., ASADI G., CVROVIČ T., AUGÉ M., MARINI F. (2017). Description of new Aceria species (Acari: Eriophyoidea), a potential agent for the biological control of camelthorn, Alhagi maurorum Medik. (Fabaceae). Journal Acarologia, submitted.


AUGÉ M., BON M-C., HARDION L., LE BOURGEOIS T., SFORZA R. (2016). Genetic characterization of a red colour morph of Euphorbia esula subsp. esula (Euphorbiaceae) in the floodplains of the Saône (Eastern France). Botanique, 94(10):1001-1007.


DE BIASE A., COLONNELLI E., BELVEDERE S., LA MARCA A., CRISTOFARO M. and SMITH L. (2015). Genetic and morphological studies of Trichosirocalus species introduced to North America, Australia and New Zealand for the biological control of thistles. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 106 (1), 99-113.


ASADI G., GHORBANI R., CRISTOFARO M., CHETVERIKOV P., PETANOVIĆ R., VIDOVIĆ B. et al. (2014). The impact of the flower mite Aceria acroptilon on the invasive plant Russian knapweed Rhaponticum repens in its native range. Biocontrol, 59(3), 367 – 375.


BELVEDERE S., LA MARCA A., MARCARI V., SENIA G. AND DE BIASE A. (2014). In silico mining of microsatellite markers for the Red Palm Weevil as contribution to its invasion management. Conservation Genetics Resources, 1-2.


CRISTOFARO M., DE BIASE A. and SMITH L. (2013). Field release of a prospective biological control agent of weeds, Ceratapion basicorne, to evaluate potential risk to a nontarget crop. Biological Control, 64(3), 305 - 314.


DE BIASE A., BELVEDERE S., SENIA G., MARCARI V., LA MARCA A. and VU L.V. (2013). Preliminary analysis of variability and genetic differentiation in Asian and Mediterranean populations of Red Palm Weevil. Atti Acc. Naz. It. Entomol., LXI, 193-200.


STOEVA A., HARIZANOVA V., DE LILLO E., CRISTOFARO M. and SMITH L. (2012). Laboratory and field experimental evaluation of host plant specificity  of Aceria solstitialis, a prospective biological control agent of yellow starthistle. Exper. Appl. Acarology, 56(1), 43 – 55.


GASKIN J., BON M.C., COCK M. J.W., CRISTOFARO M., DE BIASE A., DE CLERCK-FOLATE R. et al. (2011). Applying molecular-based approaches to classical biological control of weeds. Biological Control, 58 (1): 1-21.


CESCHIN S., SALERNO G., PAOLINI A., LECCE F. and DI CRISTINA F. (2010). Segnalazione di Carex microcarpa Bertol. ex Moris, Cyperaceae, nel Lago di Posta Fibreno (Frosinone), Lazio. Notula n. 1670, Informatore Botanico Italiano, 42 (1): 381.


HARIZANOVA V., STOEVA A., CRISTOFARO M., PAOLINI A., LECCE F. and DI CRISTINA F. (2010). Preliminary results on the phytophagous insect fauna on Onopordum acanthium (Asteraceae) in Bulgaria. Pesticidi i fitomedicina, 25(4): 301-309.


SKORACKA A., SMITH L., OLDFIELD G., CRISTOFARO M. and AMRINE J.W. (2010). Host-plant specificity and specialization in eriophyoid mites and their importance for the use of eriophyoid mites as biocontrol agents of weeds. Exper. App. Acarology, 51 (1): 93-113.


ANTONINI G., COLETTI G., SERRANI L., TRONCI C., CRISTOFARO M. and SMITH L. (2009). Using molecular genetics to identify immature specimens of the weevil Ceratapion basicorne (Coleoptera: Apionidae). Biological Control, 51 (1): 152-157.


SMITH L., CRISTOFARO M., DE LILLO E., MONFREDA R. and PAOLINI A. (2009). Field assessment of host plant specificity and potential effectiveness of a prospective biological control agent, Aceria salsolae, of Russian thistle, Salsola tragus. Biological Control, 48: 237- 243.


GÜLTEKIN L., BOROVEC R., CRISTOFARO M. and SMITH L. (2008). Broad-nosed weevils feeding on Centaurea solstitialis L. in Turkey, with a description of the new species Araxia cristofaroi sp. n. (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Entiminae). Ann. Entomol. Soc. Amer., 101(1): 7-12(6).


GÜLTEKIN L., CRISTOFARO M., TRONCI C. and SMITH L. (2008). Natural history studies for the preliminary evaluation of Larinus filiformis (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), as a prospective biological control agent of yellow starthistle. Environ. Entomol., 37 (5): 1185-1199.


LUCANTONI L., GIUSTI F., CRISTOFARO M., PASQUALINI L., ESPOSITO F., LUPETTI P. and HABLUETZEL A. (2006). Effects of a neem extract on blood feeding, oviposition and oocyte ultrastructure in Anopheles stephensi Liston (Diptera: Culicidae). Tissue and Cell, 38:361-371.


ROMI R., PROIETTI S., DI LUCA M. and CRISTOFARO M. (2006). Laboratory evaluation of the bioinsecticide Spinosad for mosquito control. J. Amer. Mosquito Control Association, 22 (1): 93-96.

SMITH L., HAYAT R., CRISTOFARO M., TRONCI C., TOZLU G. and LECCE F. (2006). Assessment of risk of attack to safflower by Ceratapion basicorne (Coleoptera: Apionidae), a prospective biological control agent of Centaurea solstitialis (Asteraceae). Biological Control, 36: 337-344.


UYGUR S., SMITH L., UYGUR, F.N., CRISTOFARO M. and BALCIUNAS J. (2005). Field assessment in land of origin of host specificity, infestation rate and impact of Ceratapion basicorne a prospective biological control agent of yellow starthistle. Biocontrol, 50: 525-541.



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