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Title: Tospoviruses and Thrips and Integrated Resistance Management Strategies in Pepper in Florida

item MCAVOY, E. - University Of Florida
item FUNDERBURK, J. - University Of Florida
item Adkins, Scott

Submitted to: International Pepper Conference Proceedings
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/1/2016
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary: This report provides an overview of fresh-market pepper production and integrated resistance management strategies for tospoviruses and thrips.

Technical Abstract: Florida ranks second in the production and value of bell pepper in the U.S. In 2015, Florida produced over one-half billion pounds of bell pepper on over 12,000 acres, valued at over 220 million dollars. In recent years, several invasive species of thrips and thrips-vectored tospoviruses have become established in Florida and become major pests. Experience has shown that use of insecticides alone is inadequate to manage thrips and reduce tospovirus infection. Establishing a biologically-based integrated pest management program incorporating multiple tactics has proven to be the most effective way to manage thrips and tospoviruses in pepper.