Thrips Biology and Management

  • Bruce L. Parker
  • Margaret Skinner
  • Trevor Lewis

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 276)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction to Thrips/Plant Relationships

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Laurence A. Mound, David A. J. Teulon
      Pages 3-19
    3. William D. J. Kirk
      Pages 21-29
    4. David S. Ellsworth, Melvin T. Tyree, Bruce L. Parker, Margaret Skinner
      Pages 53-58
  3. Pest Problems in Field, Forest and Glasshouse Crops

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Thomas F. Leigh
      Pages 61-70
    3. François Fournier, Guy Boivin, Robin K. Stewart
      Pages 71-76
    4. Craig S. Hollingsworth, Janet J. Knodel, William M. Coli, John S. Weaver
      Pages 77-80
    5. Michael A. Foster, David A. J. Teulon, E. Alan Cameron
      Pages 85-88
    6. Margaret Skinner, Bruce L. Parker
      Pages 89-92
    7. Tracy C. Leskey, David A. J. Teulon, E. Alan Cameron
      Pages 93-95
    8. Lynne K. Rieske, Kenneth F. Raffa
      Pages 97-100
    9. David A. J. Teulon, David R. Penman
      Pages 101-104
    10. Niann Tai Chang
      Pages 105-108
    11. Kobkiati Bansiddhi, S. Poonchaisri
      Pages 109-109
    12. Galen Frantz, Felicia Parks, H. Charles Mellinger
      Pages 111-114
    13. Gregg S. Nuessly, Russell T. Nagata
      Pages 115-118

About this book


Thrips (fhysanoptera) are very small insects, widespread throughout the world with a preponderance of tropical species, many temperate ones, and even a few living in arctic regions. Of the approximately 5,000 species so far identified, only a few hundred are crop pests, causing serious damage or transmitting diseases to growing crops and harvestable produce in most countries. Their fringed wings confer a natural ability to disperse widely, blown by the wind. Their minute size and cryptic behavior make them difficult to detect either in the field or in fresh vegetation transported during international trade of vegetables, fruit and ornamental flowers. Many species have now spread from their original natural habitats and hosts to favorable new environments where they often reproduce rapidly to develop intense damaging infestations that are costly to control. Over the past decade there have been several spectacular examples of this. The western flower thrips has expanded its range from the North American continent to Europe, Australia and South Africa. Thrips palmi has spread from its presumed origin, the island of Sumatra, to the coast of Florida, and threatens to extend its distribution throughout North and South America. Pear thrips, a known orchard pest of Europe and the western United States and Canada has recently become a major defoliator of hardwood trees in Vermont and the neighboring states. Local outbreaks of other species are also becoming problems in field and glasshouse crops as the effectiveness of insecticides against them decline.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Bruce L. Parker
    • 1
  • Margaret Skinner
    • 1
  • Trevor Lewis
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of VermontBurlingtonUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Arable Crops ResearchHarpenden, HertfordshireUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-1411-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-1409-5
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