Location: Subtropical Plant Pathology Research
Project Number: 6618-22000-039-28
Start Date: Jul 01, 2012
End Date: Jun 30, 2017
Field, greenhouse and growth chamber experiments will be used with whole plants and leaf discs to study thrips vector biology and behavior, and virus transmission for Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV), Groundnut ringspot virus (GRSV) and Tobacco streak virus (TSV). Several common thrips vector species will be examined. These experiments will yield the biological data for development of new and improvement of current thrips vector management strategies. These strategies will be evaluated for thrips and virus management in replicated field trials.