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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: BIOLOGICALLY BASED TECHNIQUES TO LIMIT THE DISPERSAL OF INVASIVE PESTS Title: Thrips IPM in Solanaceous Vegetables and Cucurbits

Author
item Reitz, Stuart

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: December 5, 2008
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary: Feeding and virus transmission by thrips are among the most important problems facing production of solanaceous and cucurbit crops. In field-grown crops, most damage comes from immigrating thrips. Therefore, the key to thrips IPM lies in limiting this primary damage. Recently, there has been a great deal of success through the appropriate integration of ultraviolet-reflective mulches, systemically acquired resistance, natural enemy conservation, and judicious use of insecticides. An improved understanding of species-specific dispersal and seasonal dynamics will enable management tactics to be better targeted of management tactics, and economic validation of IPM programs will foster their adoption.

Technical Abstract: Feeding and virus transmission by thrips are among the most important problems facing production of solanaceous and cucurbit crops. In field-grown crops, most damage comes from immigrating thrips. Therefore, the key to thrips IPM lies in limiting this primary damage. Recently, there has been a great deal of success through the appropriate integration of ultraviolet-reflective mulches, systemically acquired resistance, natural enemy conservation, and judicious use of insecticides. An improved understanding of species-specific dispersal and seasonal dynamics will enable management tactics to be better targeted of management tactics, and economic validation of IPM programs will foster their adoption.

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