Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection (2014) 47, 631-641

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Badawi A. Abou-Awad, Sherif M. Hafez and Basem M. Farahat (2014)
Bionomics and control of the broad mite Polyphagotarsonemus latus (Banks) (Acari:Tarsonemidae)
Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection 47 (5), 631-641
Abstract: The broad mite Polyphagotarsonemus latus (Banks) was studied for one season (2009/2010) on three pepper cultivars (Travita, Top star and Habeba) in the nethouses in Egypt. The tarsonemid mite was fed upon by the predatory phytoseiid mite Amblyseius swirskii (Athias-Henriot). Population abundance of the tarsonemid pepper prey was affected by climatic conditions and predation. A control measure of one preventive treatment in nursery and two successive curative treatments, applied mid-September, in nethouses seemed to be the most successful management of the harmful mite. The effect of constant different temperatures on P. latus development, reproduction and population growth was investigated. At 11 °C, all activity ceased and by 36 °C the adult began to slow down. Life table parameters varied greatly, especially at 21 °C and 75% R.H.
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Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
control - general

Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.

Polyphagotarsonemus latus Green pepper/chilli (Capsicum) Egypt