Impact of natural enemies on Gynaikothrips ficorum (Thysanoptera: Phlaeothripidae) populations in southern California

Monday, November 17, 2014: 10:00 AM
D135 (Oregon Convention Center)
Christopher Shogren , Entomology, University of California, Riverside, CA
Quantification is essential in evaluating the success of biological control releases. By tracking the population of Cuban laurel thrips through time, we have been able to document the impact of natural enemies. Studies suggest a decrease in the mean proportion of galls caused by the thrips. This reduction is likely due to the suite of natural enemies, both introduced and native, known to attack Cuban laurel thrips.