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Detection of a practical IPM approach for control and eradication of Thrips palmi in the UK - PH0168

Description
Pest Risk Assessments indicate that Thrips palmi represents a serious threat to the UK protected horticulture industry, particularly as previous MAFF-funded work indicates that it will survive under winter conditions within commercial glasshouses. It is therefore important that the industry is provided with methods to contain and eradicate future outbreaks of this damaging pest. The biology of T. palmi results in there being a complex eradication problem which may require a holistic approach, firstly identifying potentially effective control techniques and then integrating chemical, biological, cultural and physical options to develop a practical and cost effective pest management system. Work under this project will investigate the feasibility of designing such a system.

The research will investigate the development of an IPM approach for the control of T. palmi using both chemical and non-chemical control agents. The existing range of techniques that could be used for the control of the pest will be established and where appropriate new methods based on control agents known to be active against other thrips species will be developed. Experiments will be conducted to establish whether the control techniques are compatible with use on selected commercial crops grown in the UK (e.g. if phytotoxic effects are acceptable). The compatibility of the methods with standard commercial practices in the UK will also be considered. A sub-set of methods will then be selected for further investigation.
Work will be undertaken to investigate potential approaches for the integration of the selected agents into a containment/eradication strategy for T. palmi. The IPM strategy developed will undergo initial testing using glasshouse experiments.
Objective
To investigate the development of an IPM approach to the control of T. palmi utilising both chemical and non-chemical control agents by:]

1. Establishing the existing range of chemical and non-chemical control techniques that could be used for the control of T. palmi and where appropriate developing new methods based oncontrol agents known to be active against other thrips species.

2. Establishing if the control techniques are compatible with use on commercial crops that are susceptible to T. palmi and with commerciial practices.

3. Integrating selected control techniques into a containment/erradication strategy for T. palmi (incorporating both chemical and non-chemical methods) and testing it using glasshouse experiments.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Detection of a practical IPM approach for control and eradication of Thrips palmi in the UK   (118k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2000

To: 2003

Cost: £147,630
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Central Science Laboratory
Keywords
Alien Species              
Biological Control              
Organic Farming              
Pest Control              
Plant health              
Plant Pests and Diseases              
Plants and Animals              
Fields of Study
Plant Health