How to select the most suitable predator mirid bug for pest control in greenhouses?


Abstract: In vegetable and ornamental greenhouses, generalist predators can provide a moresustainable biological control because of their broad diet range. Several dicyphine specieshave been found spontaneously colonizing crops under low pesticide-input management, andsome of them are commercially mass-produced and used in augmentative biological control.An overview of some characteristics (i. e., biological traits, thermal requirements, predatoryefficacy, plant preference, food requirements and habitats) that must be considered to selectthe most suitable mirid predator for pest control in specific greenhouse crops and at specificclimatic conditions is here presented.

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