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Fruit Crops

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Insect pests are a limiting factor for the production of fruit crops. The use of insecticides is by far the most popular technology used for controlling insects. However, the increasing concern and restrictions toward agrochemicals make the search for alternative solutions necessary to diminish insect damage. Improving the natural agent’s action is possible by increasing plant diversity. Several techniques can be applied to increase plant diversity but care is necessary to avoid pest infestation or competition with the main crop. Many examples and field attempts of environmental manipulation have been effective in reducing pest population, and this chapter deals with some of these initiatives in Latin American countries.

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  • Environmental diversification
  • Natural enemies
  • Parasitoids
  • Predators

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The authors thank the Consortium of Coffee Research and Research Support Foundation of the State of Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG) for the scholarships granted to the last two authors.

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Santa-Cecília, L.V.C., Souza, B., Silva, K.H., Prado, E. (2019). Fruit Crops. In: Souza, B., Vázquez, L., Marucci, R. (eds) Natural Enemies of Insect Pests in Neotropical Agroecosystems. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24733-1_26

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