IPM TECHNOLOGIES FOR SUBTROPICAL INSECT PESTS
Location: Subtropical Insects and Horticulture Research
Title: Providing assistance in development and evaluation of psyllid management programs for east coast citrus growers
Submitted to: Florida Entomological Society Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: April 23, 2008
Publication Date: July 14, 2008
Citation: Avery, P., Hunter, W.B., Hall, D.G., Jackson, M.A., Rogers, M.E., Powell, C.A. 2008. Providing assistance in development and evaluation of psyllid management programs for east coast citrus growers [abstract]. The 91st Annual Meeting of the Florida Entomological Society, July 13-16, 2008, Jupiter Inlet, Florida. p.11.
We identified the most serious problems, associated with the management of the Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri, which is the main vector spreading Huanglongbing in Florida citrus along the East Coast. Increasing insecticide use has concerns of development of insecticide resistance along with other environmental concerns which has led to interest in more biorational alternatives, such as the use of beneficial insects, and insect-infecting pathogens, such as fungi. Several research projects have been designed to address these problems and are working in conjuction with citrus growers. Research results and observations in the field were discussed and inputs from the citrus industry were used to adjust plans for future trials. Pesticide use limits on fresh fruit for the export market make biorationals a desirable alternative for psyllid control. Results of the use of the insect-infecting fungi, Paecilomyces fumosoroseus and other management strategies are showing increased advantages over a chemical spray only program, integrated pest management, IPM, still provides the best management approach.