New genus of parasitoid wasp

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  • April 1, 2022
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New genus of parasitoid wasp

Part of: Prelims and GS III – Environment 

Context: A new genus of Braconid wasp has been named ‘Atree’, after the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), a leading research institution and environmental think tank based in Bengaluru. 

  • This is said to be the first time in India that an institute has an eponymous insect genus.
  • The development comes with the discovery of a new species of wasp, Atree rajathae and two other already known species. 
  • The newly described species is a parasitoid wasp. 
  • An ATREE statement explained that parasitoids are the most important natural enemies of other insects, and humans exploit this behaviour for the biological control of crop pests.

News Source: TH

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