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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Pear Insects, Ecology and Control

Authors
item Horton, David
item Unruh, Thomas

Submitted to: Encyclopedia of Pest Management
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: June 1, 2006
Publication Date: April 16, 2007
Citation: Horton, D.R., Unruh, T.R. 2007. Pear Insects: Ecology and Control. Encyclopedia of Pest Management, 1:1, 1-4. URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1081/E-EPM-120041162

Interpretive Summary: Pears are attacked by a number of arthropod pests that reduce grower return either by directly damaging the fruit or by reducing yield. The suite of pests includes two primary taxa, codling moth and the pear psyllids, and a complex of secondary pests distributed among several orders. The current paper was written to be included as an entry in the Encyclopedia of Pest Management. The entry provides information to the public on the biology of the primary arthropods attacking pears, with emphasis on North American and western European species. The discussion of biology is followed by an overview of control approaches, with sections on insecticide programs, mating disruption, and biological control.

Technical Abstract: Pears are attacked by a number of arthropod pests that reduce grower return either by directly damaging the fruit or by reducing yield. The suite of pests includes two primary taxa, codling moth and the pear psyllids, and a complex of secondary pests distributed among several orders. This paper briefly summarizes the biology of the primary arthropods attacking pears, with emphasis on the North American and western European faunas. The discussion of biology is followed by an overview of control approaches, with sections on insecticide programs, mating disruption, and biological control.

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