Using Ballota hirsuta and Sesamum indicum to manage predatory mirid populations in tomato crops


Abstract: The study investigated the potential use of refuge plants as strategies to manage the
mirid bugs Macrolophus pygmaeus and Nesidiocoris tenuis in tomato crops. The results
indicated that Ballota hirsuta may be useful to promote the presence of M. pygmaeus while
sesame plants could be used to attract and remove N. tenuis from the tomato crop.

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