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Chemical and Non-Chemical Solutions for Managing Twospotted Spider Mite, Western Tarnished Plant Bug, and Other Arthropod Pests in Strawberries

Version 1 : Received: 28 September 2018 / Approved: 29 September 2018 / Online: 29 September 2018 (05:33:45 CEST)

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Dara, S.K.; Peck, D.; Murray, D. Chemical and Non-Chemical Options for Managing Twospotted Spider Mite, Western Tarnished Plant Bug and Other Arthropod Pests in Strawberries. Insects 2018, 9, 156. Dara, S.K.; Peck, D.; Murray, D. Chemical and Non-Chemical Options for Managing Twospotted Spider Mite, Western Tarnished Plant Bug and Other Arthropod Pests in Strawberries. Insects 2018, 9, 156.

Journal reference: Insects 2018, 9, 156
DOI: 10.3390/insects9040156

Abstract

The twospotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae and the western tarnished plant bug, Lygus hesperus are major arthropod pests of strawberries in California.  Other important insect pests include the greenhouse whitefly, Trialeurodes vaporariorum and the western flower thrips, Frankliella occidentalis.  Chemical pesticides play a major role in managing these pests, but not without the associated risk of pesticide resistance and environmental safety.  Two field studies were conducted in Santa Maria to evaluate the potential of botanical and microbial pesticides in the integrated pest management (IPM) of strawberry.  Chemical, botanical, and microbial pesticides were evaluated against T. urticae in a small plot study in 2013 and against L. hesperus and other insect pests in a large plot study in 2015 in commercial strawberry fields.  Bug vacuums were also used in the 2015 study.  Results demonstrated that non-chemical alternatives can play an important role in strawberry IPM.

Subject Areas

Frankliniella occidentalis; Lygus hesperus; Trialeurodes vaporariorum; Tetranychus urticae; entomopathogenic fungi; integrated pest management

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