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International Journal of Environment Science and Technology
Center for Environment and Energy Research and Studies (CEERS)
ISSN: 1735-1472
EISSN: 1735-2630
Vol. 7, No. 4, 2010, pp. 807-813
Bioline Code: st10080
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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International Journal of Environment Science and Technology, Vol. 7, No. 4, 2010, pp. 807-813

 en Ecological benefits of Anystis baccarum check for this species in other resources in an orchard ecosystem and the need for its conservation
Cuthbertson, A.G.S. & Murchie, A. K.

Abstract

Integrated pest management programs are very important in the control of invertebrate pests within apple orchards. Many current integrated pest management strategies concentrate on specialist predatory species. However, generalist beneficial insects, such as several mite species, must also be fully researched for their potential in controlling pests. Previous research has shown that the generalist predatory mite Anystis baccarum (Linnaeus) can offer much potential in controlling invertebrate pests within Northern Irish apple orchards. However, apple growers have been mis-identifying this beneficial species as the economic pest European fruit tree red spider mite, Panonychus ulmi check for this species in other resources (Koch). As a result, unnecessary pesticide applications have been applied against what has now been confirmed as a beneficial species. To aid apple growers in the identification of A. baccarum, identification cards were produced. Positive uptake of the cards by many apple growers has resulted in correct identification of A. baccarum from P. ulmi, and therefore, a reduction in chemical pesticide applications. The benefits of A. baccarum within orchard ecosystems is discussed.

Keywords
Beneficial mite; Biocontrol; Identification card; Pesticide

 
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