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Research Project: EMERGING DISEASES OF CITRUS, VEGETABLES, AND ORNAMENTALS

Location: Subtropical Plant Pathology Research

Title: Population dyanamics of Frankliniella bispinosa (Thysanopatera: Thripidae) and the predator Orius insidiosus (Hemiptera: Anthocoridae) as influenced by flower color of Lagerstroemia (Lythraceae)

Author
item FUNDERBURK, CHARLES - University Of Florida
item FUNDERBURK, JOSEPH - University Of Florida
item TYLER-JULIAN, KARA - University Of Florida
item SRIVISTAVA, MRITTUNJAI - University Of Florida
item KNOX, GARY - University Of Florida
item ANDERSEN, PETER - University Of Florida
item Adkins, Scott

Submitted to: Environmental Entomology
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/12/2015
Publication Date: 4/28/2015
Citation: Funderburk, C., Funderburk, J.E., Tyler-Julian, K., Srivistava, M., Knox, G., Andersen, P., Adkins, S.T. 2015. Population dyanamics of Frankliniella bispinosa (Thysanopatera: Thripidae) and the predator Orius insidiosus (Hemiptera: Anthocoridae) as influenced by flower color of Lagerstroemia (Lythraceae). Environmental Entomology. 44(3):668-679.

Interpretive Summary: Crapemyrtle is an important crop and common landscape plant. It is also an important reservoir for pest and beneficial insects. Field studies were used to determine the influence of flower color on insect population abundance and pest-beneficial insect dynamics. Results are important for enhancing populations of beneficial insects.

Technical Abstract: Thrips are important vectors of tospoviruses including Tomato spotted wilt virus, Groundnut ringspot virus and Tomato chlorotic spot virus. Minute pirate bugs are important predators of thrips worldwide. The studies reported here examine the relationship between thrips, minute pirate bugs and the crapemyrtle plants to determine the influence of flower color on insect populations.