Among the 5,500 (or more) well-described species of thrips worldwide, nearly 1% are known as economically important pests. Because these tiny pests can feed on multiple plants, their damage potential to nursery and greenhouse production is immense: thrips inflict millions of dollars loss every year. Thrips hide easily in tiny spaces, reproduce rapidly, and can survive in lots of climates. And they are invisibly small! Thrips infestations present a huge problem in the regional and international trade of plant materials and products, due to the quarantine risks and damage associated with several species in the order.
This 7-page fact sheet written by Vivek Kumar, Garima Kakkar, Cristi Palmer, Cindy L. McKenzie, and Lance S. Osborne and published by the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology presents a program to manage important thrips pests, including western flower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis), chilli thrips (Scirtothrips dorsalis), weeping fig thrips (Gynaikothrips uzeli), gladiolus thrips (Thrips simplex), and privet thrips (Dendrothrips ornatus) known to damage several horticultural crops of economic importance in the United States. The publication will help growers take appropriate measures to minimize economic damage.
Amblyseius is a beneficial predatory mite endemic to the Eastern Mediterranean region. This species is considered a generalist predator, and readily consumes small soft-bodied pest species as well as pollen or plant exudates. Amblyseius swirskii has attracted substantial interest as a biological control agent of mites, thrips and whiteflies in greenhouse and nursery crops and is currently reared and sold commercially in Europe and North America for this purpose. This 5-page fact sheet was written by Mahmut Dogramaci, Garima Kakkar, Vivek Kumar, Jianjun Chen, and Steven Arthurs, and published by the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology, June 2013.
EENY477, a 6-page illustrated fact sheet by Garima Kakkar, Daksina R. Seal, and Vivek Kumar Jha, is part of the Featured Creatures collection. It describes this relatively new vegetable pest in South Florida which is a key pest in tomato and cucumber fields in South America — synonymy, distribution, description, life cycle, hosts, economic importance, and management. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology, July 2010.
EENY463, a 10-page fact sheet by Vivek Kumar Jha, Dakshina R. Seal and Garima Kakkar, is part of the Featured Creatures collection. It describes this new introduced insect pest that is an important pest of vegetable, ornamental and fruit crops — synonymy, distribution, identification, life cycle and biology, hosts, damage, disease transmission, management. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology, November 2009.