Anystis baccarum and Nabis americoferus, new biocontrol agents for Canadian greenhouse crops


Abstract: Demand is high for new biological control products to support sustainable pest
management strategies in Canadian greenhouse crops. Following the success of European
growers using several new species of generalist predators North American growers are
interested to get access to similar products. Unfortunately, regulations prevent the importation of non-native generalist species. In this project, we developed the predatory mite Anystis baccarum and the damsel bug Nabis americoferus, devised efficient ways of producing and using these natural enemies, and developed integrated crop management strategies that support their use. This poster will show the efficacy of these new biocontrol agents against multiple greenhouse pests, their compatibility with other biocontrol agents, their integration into greenhouse IPM programs.

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