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Thrips as Pests and Vectors of Tospoviruses in Tomato

September 2012

By George G. Kennedy
Professor of Agriculture and Head of the Department of Entomology
North Carolina State University

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This presentation will help consultants, growers, and other practitioners in the southern and western USA understand the role of thrips as direct pests and as vectors of Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) in tomato. It will also provide information of the tactics available to manage thrips and suppress virus incidence. Specific information will be provided on thrips biology and factors affecting their abundance and the roles of the tobacco thrips and western flower thrips in spread of TSWV. The use of insecticides, reflective plastic mulch, Actigard, and TSWV resistant cultivars in the management of thrips and TSWV will be briefly discussed.

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