Volume No. 1 Issue No.: 3 Page No.: 269-271 January-March 2007

 

THE NECESSITY OF CORRECT SPECIES IDENTIFICATION TO AVOID UNNECESSARY PESTICIDE APPLICATION

 

Andrew G. S. Cuthbertson1* and Archie K. Murchie2

1 Central Science Laboratory, Sand Hutton, York YO41 1LZ (UK) 2 Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Newforge Lane, Belfast BT9 5PX (UK)

 

Received on : October 13, 2006

 

ABSTRACT

 

Since the discovery of the predatory mite Anystis baccarum within Northern Irish apple orchards, its role in integrated pest management schemes has been well documented. However, it has been recorded that apple growers are still mis-identifying this beneficial species as the economic pest European fruit tree red spider mite, Panonychus ulmi. As a result, unnecessary pesticide applications have been applied. Therefore, there is an essential need to ensure correct identification between beneficial and pest species.

 

Keywords : Pesticide application, Pest management, Pest species, Sustainable production, Orchard ecosystem.

 

 

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