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Spinetoram Is Compatible with the Key Natural Enemy of Frankliniella Species Thrips in Pepper

M. Srivastava, L. Bosco, J. Funderburk, S. Olson, and A. Weiss

January 2008

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Feeding by the western flower thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis, causes damage to the fruits of pepper, and the species is the key vector of Tomato spotted wilt virus. Effective management integrates conservation of populations of the natural predator Orius insidiosus with the reduced-risk insecticide spinosad. The authors conducted field experiments in northern and central Florida to evaluate the new reduced-risk insecticide spinetoram for control of thrips and to determine the impact on O. insidiosus.

doi:10.1094/PHP-2008-0118-02-RS

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