In the current research project on managing and controlling western flower thrips in protected strawberry (HDC Project SF 120, Defra Horticulture LINK Project HL01107), the scientists have demonstrated that WFT can be successfully controlled using predatory mites, but in practice, many growers have not been successful using this approach.
Earlier this season, HDC commissioned Clare Sampson (an experienced entomologist with expertise in biological control at Keele University) to undertake a study of WFT control, by comparing commercial strawberry production sites where WFT control has been successful with those which have lost control of the pest.
The report is now complete and reveals that biological control is working very successfully, where management of predators and parallel use of other crop protection products are correctly integrated.
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