Impact of natural enemies on thrips and tomato spotted wilt virus
Stuart Reitz, firstname.lastname@example.org, USDA-ARS, 6383 Mahan Dr, Tallahassee, FL and Joe Funderburk, email@example.com, University of Florida, North Florida REC, 155 Research Rd, Quincy, FL.
Thrips vectored Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) is a primary concern in pepper production in the southern USA. This region has a complex of species that consists of Frankliniella occidentalis, F. bispinosa, and F. fusca, which can vector TSWV. Here we examine how interspecific differences in the ecology of these species may affect virus transmission and the role that the key thrips predator Orius insidiosus can play in limiting the spread of tomato spotted wilt in field grown pepper.
Species 1: Thysanoptera Thripidae Frankliniellaoccidentalis Species 2: Thysanoptera Thripidae Frankliniellabispinosa Species 3: Hemiptera Anthocoridae Oriusinsidiosus