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The influence of pollen on combining predators to control Frankliniella occidentalis in ornamental chrysanthemum crops

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Small scale glasshouse trials showed that second instar nymphs of Orius laevigatus reduced Frankliniella occidentalis numbers (78–92%) more than Neoseiulus cucumeris (0–30%). Combining the predators did not increase reduction of thrips numbers (84–93%). Pollen did not increase thrips control, but led to an increase in the number of thrips.

Keywords: Frankliniella occidentalis; Neoseiulus cucumeris; Orius laevigatus; biological control; pollen; supplemental food

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09583150500258636

Affiliations: Biocontrol and IPM, Warwick HRI, Wellesbourne, Warwick, UK

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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