Control of Western Flower Thrips on Sweet Pepper in Winter with Amblyseius cucumeris (Oudemans) and A. degenerans Berlese

  • Yvonne M. van Houten
  • Pam van Stratum
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A non-diapause strain of the predatory mite, Amblyseius cucumeris (Oudemans), and a strain of the drought-resistant, non-diapause species, A. degenerans Berlese, were evaluated as biological control agents of western flower thrips (WFT), on greenhouse-grown sweet peppers in winter. Both mite species established on the crop when released in late January. A. degenerans had a greater impact on WFT populations than A. cucumeris, and specific characteristics enabling successful control are discussed.


Sweet Pepper Western Flower Thrips Diapause Induction Thrips Larva Thrips Population 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yvonne M. van Houten
    • 1
    • 2
  • Pam van Stratum
    • 2
  1. 1.Glasshouse Crops Research StationNaaldwijkThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Pure and Applied Ecology Section Population BiologyUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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