Location: Insect Behavior and Biocontrol Research
Project Number: 6036-22000-026-06-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Sep 1, 2011
End Date: Aug 31, 2014
Evaluate the effectiveness of new classes of insecticides in managing thrips populations, reducing the incidence of tomato spotted wilt virus, and for their compatibility with natural enemies.
The efficacy of alternative chemical insecticides and an insight on the mechanisms through which they suppress thrips feeding and TSWV incidence will be studied in detail through experiments. Experiments will also be conducted in the field in all three participating states. The feasibility of using new techniques and econometric analyses will also be conducted for all three participating states. The economic feasibility of utilizing these new chemicals in organic production will also be explored.