Towards enhancing biocontrol of thrips: effects of supplemental pollen and fiberson foliar abundance of Amblyseius swirskii


Abstract: Amblyseius swirskii (Athias-Henriot) will quickly leave the foliage of plants that lackboth leaf hairs (leaf trichomes) and a supplemental food source (pollen). Many floral crops lackleaf trichomes. Applying artificial leaf hairs (low densities of tiny fibers) and/or pollen to thecanopy of plants lacking these resources enhances phytoseiid persistence and egg production.

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