Determination of thrips species requires good optics, a determination key, and the ability to recognize very small features on the body of the thrips. Plague thrips: yellow to dark brown; two last segments darker. Proceedings of the Section Experimental and Applied Entomology of the Netherlands Entomological Society 7: 183-189. Parasitoids attacking thrips do not show much potential for the control of WFT. Zimmermann, G. 1994. Entomophthoralean fungi have also been isolated from WFT, and observed causing epizootics on greenhouse cucumbers (Montserrat et al. Although a complex of three color types of WFT occurs in the western United States (its native area) (Bailey and Smith 1956), only one of these types has spread internationally (with the exception of one population in New Zealand) (de Kogel et al. 1994. 1994. Murphy, B.C., T.A. Traps should be placed just above the crop canopy, about one per 200 square meters (approx. 1992. 1990. 1996. Allen, W. R. and A. Thrips management and biological control. Orius albidipennis seems not to enter diapause, even at very short daylength and may be the most suitable of the Orius species for fall and winter use. 1995. Use of supplemental lighting to extend daylength. Bethke, J.A., R.A. Redak and T.D. 1995. Carnations, chrysanthemums, gerberas, geraniums, marigolds, pansies, and roses are the major host plants. Blumel, S. 1996. and chickweed (Stellaria media) can serve as important reservoirs of both tospoviruses and thrips in greenhouse crops (Stobbs et al. 1991. WFT prefer to feed on flowers, so the longer a crop can be grown without flowering, the lower the thrips populations will be. In African violets, thrips feeding ruptures pollen sacs, spreading loose pollen over flowers. Sabelis, M.W. Two problems with use of predatory mites for thrips control in European vegetable glasshouses were recognized: mite diapause in winter and lack of pollen resources in some crops. 1992). 225-229. 1995). Tylenchida, Parasites of Plants and Insects. 281-295. They have thin bodies and vary in color from near black to of Virology, Wageningen, the Netherlands) for information on virus transmission and Peter Krauter for assistance in editing and Sean Werle for redrawing Figures 1 and 2. Natural enemies of western flower thrips indigenous to California ornamentals. (ed.) 1994. However, fungi may be applied successfully either 48-72 h before or after fungicides have been applied. and P.M.J. 259-354 In Lewis, T. Furthermore, although high ambient humidity can enhance the infection process, it is not a pre-requisite to obtaining good infection and control; microclimate humidity is far more important in this regard (Clarkson & Charnley 1996). Frey, J. E., R. V. Cortada, and H. Helbling. Two new natural enemies of western flower thrips in California, pp. In Parker, B. L., M. Skinner, and T. Lewis (eds.) 1997 British Crop Protection Council Symposium (No. Allen, W. R. and J. Multiplication of tomato spotted wilt virus in its insect vector. In order to utilize fungi efficiently, though, it is important to understand how they work, how they may best be applied, and places where they can and cannot be used. Hirte, W., H. Triltsch & H. Sermann. (1997) provide a table comparing symptoms of INSV and TSWV for tobacco, tomato, datura, gloxinia, chrysanthemum, petunia, and impatiens, as well as color photographs of symptoms on some plants. Isolates of Verticillium lecanii have been available commercially for many years in Europe for control of thrips and other glasshouse pests (Ravensberg et al. In surveys in Spain, four bugs, O. laevigatus, O. majusculus, D. tamaninii, and M. caliginosus, accounted for 95% of the WFT predators encountered. The fungus then multiplies within the body, causing the insect to stop feeding and die a few days later. 88-201. and mirids (plant bugs, including the species Dicyphus tamaninii Wagner and Macrolophus caliginosus Wagner (Riudavets and Castañé 1998). 1990). Rodriguez-Reina, J. M., F. Ferragut, A. Carnero and M. A. Peña. Clarkson, J.M. Riudavets, J. and C. Castañé. Tomalak, M. 1991. In Lewis, T. Potential Natural Enemies for Biological Control of Western Flower Thrips, 900 University Ave. Western flower thrip feeding causes discoloration and scarring of upper leaf surfaces or open blooms, petals, and fruits. Alternatively, thrips may be monitored with sticky traps or "the tapping method." Insecticide resistance in European and African strains of western flower thrips (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) tested in a new residue-on-glass test. London, United Kingdom. While in some cases three to five sprays at 3-5 day intervals have provided control of high populations, it is better to monitor thrips and begin fungal applications as soon as thrips are detected. Zhao et al. 1986. Lysaght, A. M. 1937. 1994, Vestergaard et al. Such plant tapping can be used to determine if thrips are present, and to gain a rough estimate of their numbers. 2014 Oct 1;107(5):1728-35. doi: 10.1603/EC14027. (ed.). If petunias are used, keep flowers removed because the thrips will preferentially feed on flowers, but these do not show virus symptoms. 1986. Effects of fertilizers on the survival of. Control of several insect pests on chrysanthemum was achieved when V. lecanii was applied every 14 days and relative humidity was artificially raised to high levels (> 95%) for four consecutive nights following spraying. Fungal biopesticides must be held under appropriate conditions at all times - in transit and in storage on the farm. Sta., E. Wareham, MA, 02538. 1995), cucumber (Soria and Mollema 1992), sweet pepper (Fery and Schalk 1991), and chrysanthemum (de Jager and Butot 1992, de Jager et al. (1998) have defined economic injury levels for WFT on sweet pepper in Canadian greenhouses. The first occurs during the bloom period when adult and larval thrips feed in flower parts and on the developing fruitlet under the shuck. In the 1970s and early 1980s, this species spread throughout North America (Beshear 1983). Use of non-diapausing strains of A. cucumeris, while relatively successful on sweet pepper, has continued to be less successful on cucumber (van Houten 1996), presumably because cucumber plants provide less pollen for mites (Ramakers 1995). Verticillium lecanii has been used to successfully control WFT on chrysanthemums and cucumbers (van der Schaaf et al. 1992). Susceptibility of Chrysanthemum cultivars to thrips (, de Jager, C. M., R. P. T. Butot, P. G. L. Klinkhamer, T. J. de Jong, K. Wolff, and E. van der Meijden. Brødsgaard, H. F. 1994b. 1995. Western flower thrips Frankliniella occidentalis. In contrast, on plants which are not producing pollen, or on short cycle crops in which time for population increase is lacking, mites may fail to provide biological control of pests. A general caveat about predacious mites is that many, if not most, eat a variety of materials, including plant pollen and fungal spores, in addition to arthropods. Flowering ornamental plantings around greenhouses should also be removed to reduce the chances for development of large populations of thrips adjacent to greenhouses. The anthocorids (Orius spp.) It is not unusual for tapping of plants suspected of being infested to detect thrips before any show up on randomly placed sticky trap cards.) We summarize our collective knowledge of the published literature and personal experience. Releases of the minute pirate bug, Fransen, J. J. and J.C. van Lenteren. 1996. Development of Species-Specific Primers for Agronomical Thrips and Multiplex Assay for Quarantine Identification of Western Flower Thrips October 2014 Journal of Economic Entomology 107(5) Thrips (Order: Thysanoptera; Family: Thripidae) Tobacco thrips (Frankliniella fusca (Hinds)) Western flower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande)) Flower thrips (Frankliniella tritici (Fitch)) Melon thrips (Thrips palmi (Karny)) Description: Adult: The adults are tiny insects, generally measuring only 1 to 2 mm in length. Eulophid wasps in the genera Ceranisus, Thripobius, Goetheana, Entedonastichus, and Pediobius are solitary internal parasitoids of thrips larvae. 1992). Hessein, N. A. and M. P. Parrella. As with most comparisons between vegetable and flower crops, the lower economic threshold for injury on flowers makes the achievement of adequate pest suppression by biological control in ornamentals more difficult. 5. Greenhouses cooled by passive ventilation systems are difficult to screen without making structural changes to compensate for reductions in air flow associated with screening. Vestergaard et al. 1997. Female mites live 30 days and over this time consume about 89 first instar thrips larvae. 1996. Otherwise, thrips will overwinter in the greenhouse and this may result in a large population at the beginning of the next growing season. 1993. Microbial Insecticides: Novelty or Necessity? Clarkson. (ed.) However, its eggs were relatively sensitive to low humidities. Low cost rearing of A. degenerans on castor bean has been developed, as have banker plant systems for in-greenhouse rearing of this species. In Lewis, T. BCPC, United Kingdom. 1998. Fungi are sensitive to high temperatures and even warm conditions can be damaging if prolonged. Western flower thrips also vector some potentially devastating diseases, such as Impatiens necrotic spot virus or Tomato spotted wilt virus . Thrips Biology and Management. van Houten, Y. M. 1996. The greatest number of studies have concerned A. barkeri (19 articles) and A. cucumeris (49 articles). Good spray coverage is, therefore, essential. Ramakers, P. M. J. Once the spores are attached to the insect, they germinate and pierce the insect’s body wall. Annual Review of Phytopathology 30: 315-348. Table 1. Currently two Beauveria-based products, BotaniGard® (Mycotech Corp.) and Naturalis®-O (Troy Biosciences), are available for thrips management in greenhouses. Parker, B. L., M. Skinner, and T. Lewis (eds.). Ramakers, P. M. J. and S. J. P. Voet. P. Lopes, Massachusetts Extension, University of Massachusetts, Cranberry Exp. 1995. German. Proper identification. IOBC Bull. 1995. These latter two factors outweigh WFT’s faster development, causing its rate of population growth to be slightly lower than that of onion thrips (van Rijn et al. Thrips as vec tors of plant pathogens, pp. Because these nematodes have little or no effect in the habitat where adult and larval thrips are found (the plant’s foliage and buds), there is little prospect of these nematodes being highly effective, at least not without very frequent use. The fungi discussed here are compatible with the thrips predators Orius insidiosus and Amblyseius cucumeris, and honeybees (Brownbridge, pers. Thysanoptera, an Identification Guide, 2nd edition. 1993) and on strawberry (Frescata and Mexia 1996). 1995. 1995a. Strategies for the utilization of entomopathogenic fungi, pp. Diapause in the predacious mites, Rosin, F., D.I. Because the majority of the thrips are on foliage, control of thrips populations with these nematodes is not achieved. All four of these species were able to complete their development on a diet of WFT larvae. WFT population monitoring is necessary to detect incipient WFT problems in crops and to determine if control actions have been effective (see Chs. Zhao, G. Y., W. Liu, J. M. Brown, and C. O. Knowles. 1994, Sermann et al. In Israel, Rubin et al. Commercial test kits for grower use are available. When feeding on WFT, A. cucumeris completes its life cycle in 11.1, 8.7, and 6.3 days at 68, 77, or 86°F (20, 25 and 30°C). Box 53400, Burlington, VT, 05405. 1995, 1997). High-volume spray applications that produce a fine mist with good leaf wetting (but not to run-off) give better levels of control than low volume electrostatic sprays (Brownbridge et al. Summary of Life Table Data for Western Flower Thrips, Table 2. Less work has been done to explore the ability of Orius species to suppress WFT damage in floral crops, compared to the previously discussed vegetable and fruit crops. California Agriculture 44: 19-21. Higgins, C.J. M. Brownbridge, Entomology Research Laboratory, University of Vermont, P.O. 1994. California Agriculture 48(3): 37-40. Of the various Orius species tested for control of WFT, all but O. albidipennis appear to be inadequate during fall and winter because of diapause induced by short days which stops oviposition by females. To date, two species of parasitoids, Ceranisus menes and C. americensis have been investigated to assess their potential to suppress WFT in greenhouse crops (Loomans et al. Paine. Gill, S. 1997. If present, thrips will be dislodged and are visible on white paper. Ullman, D.E., J.L. Parrella, M. P. and B. Murphy. First, trends of trap captures (after trap counts are graphed against date of capture) tell growers in what direction the population is changing and at what speed. Western flower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis) A North American species present in Britain since 1986. CAB International, United Kingdom. Biological control of thrips pests: a review on thrips parasitoids, pp. Needs pollen as alternate food, Pollen producing crops, e.g., sweet pepper, Slow development and a lack of pest control, WFT eggs not affected; WFT adults very susceptible; WFT larvae intermediate susceptibility, Requires good coverage and high humidity to be effective, Used mainly against whiteflies and to supplement other thrips control programs, Propupae and pupae are susceptible to infection, Only effective against thrips in the soil. Introduction of. Plenum Press, New York. Consequently, the crop plant on which mites are expected to provide biological control of a pest can strongly influence their success or failure. Loomans, A. J. M. and T. Murai, 1997. Economic injury levels for western flower thrips (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) on greenhouse sweet pepper. While aspects of the biology of this species of nematode are known (Lysaght 1937, Nickle and Wood 1964, Wilson and Cooly 1972, Siddiqui 1985, Greene and Parrella 1995), greenhouse studies on population interactions with WFT are lacking. 65-145. Flower odors are highly attractive to WFT, so that, in blooming crops, trap catches decline because of competition between real flowers and traps. NATO ASI Series., Series-A: Life Sciences, Vol. Prevention. Biological control of the western flower thrips. Bulletin IOBC/WPRS 19 (1): 115-118. Pesticide resistance. 1996). Spray trials carried out in California, Maryland and Vermont have shown that B. bassiana (BotaniGard®) efficiently controlled thrips on roses, carnations and potted sunflower, and suppressed populations in chrysanthemums (Brownbridge et al. When insecticides are applied as foliar sprays, it is important to use equipment producing small droplets (<100 microns) in order to secure good coverage and better penetration into plant parts where most thrips feed. Bulltein IOBC/WPRS 19(1): 15-18. Adults are the most susceptible stage; however, infected adults continue to lay eggs for a few days. Wijkamp, I., J. van Lent, R. Kormelink, R. Goldbach and D. Peters. Basic research to assess other species of thrips parasitoids as potential biological control agents for WFT is needed and some is underway. Molting is an important factor in insect resistance to infection, especially in an insect like WFT in which the time between molts is short. Thrips Biology and Management. 243-252. 1. 1995a). Western flower thrips 0.05 inches : 8 . CAB International, United Kingdom. Thrips as Crop Pests. As a consequence, parasitoid populations do not increase relative to thrips numbers and little or no control results. Whether or not a control measure is needed, however, cannot be told only from trend information. Gill, S. 1994. Journal of Economic Entomology 88: 1164-1170. The lower threshold for larval development is 46°F (7.7°C). 1986). In editors Biological Transmission of Disease Agents. Studies before 1990 must be carefully interpreted to identify which virus is being discussed. 1995. Western flower thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis P. (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) is a major agricultural and horticulture pest worldwide (Kirk, 2002; Kirk and Terry, 2003). Western flower thrips have a very large host range that includes many vegetables. Present status of thrips borne viruses, pp. Virulence and efficacy of different entomopathogenic nematode species against western flower thrips (. The western flower thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis, has spread until it now has a worldwide distribution, and is the primary vector of plant diseases caused by tospoviruses. Vernon, R. S. and D. R. 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