Soil-dwelling predatory mites could make a perfect ally to fight citrus crop infestations of Pezothrips kellyanus or thrips, a small insect that damages the fruits’ peel.
The study conducted by researchers at the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (UPV) in Spain, in collaboration with Universidad de Navarra and Biobest Belgium N.V., may provide an alternative to pesticide usage. …
“From the study, we concluded a direct relationship exists between the presence of this mite in the soil and thrip improvement in citrus fruits,” García said.
“It suggests that these mites could provide an alternative to currently used chemical products,”
The study was published in the journal Biological Control.