Vertical Integration in Pepper Pest Management. Charles Mellinger PhD Glades Crop Care, Inc Jupiter, Florida August 29, 2008. IPM and Multiple Pests. My talk today: Managing 2 or more pests on the same plant with conflicting control choices. Pepper example: WFT and pepper weevil
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Charles Mellinger PhD
Glades Crop Care, Inc
August 29, 2008
Eliminate PEW hosts
Introduce Catalaccus parasitoids into nightshade (NS)
Use least-toxic PEW’icides
Monitor movement PEW with traps
GPS GIS mapping of PEW and NS
PEW is the system driver
Over the Last 4 Years – Not Acceptable!
Insights and Innovation:
Area-wide Pest Management in Action: PEW movement mid season, 2001-2002
Season-end PEW Movement Impacted by Areas of Nightshade season, 2001-2002
Mean Percent Pepper Weevil Fruit Loss in 2002-2003 – Prevention Works!
2000-2002: High infestations
2003: 45% reduction
2004: 64% reduction
2005: 76% reduction
Use 3-tiered system to reduce PEW population available for crop
Monitor PEW outside and inside crop
Use least toxic insecticides
Monitor and identify thrips population in crop and surrounding vegetation