Effective Integrated Management Strategies for Chilli Thrips (Scirtothrips dorsalis Hood) in Chilli Crops
Keywords:Chilli thrips, Economic threshold level, Integrative strategies, Notorious pest
The chilli thrips, also known as Scirtothrips dorsalis Hood, is a highly devastating sucking pest that poses a major threat to vegetable, ornamental and fruit crops. Among these, the chilli crop suffers the most, making it the primary target of this pest. Originating from South-East Asia, the chilli thrips are also referred to as yellow tea thrips and strawberry thrips. To effectively manage this notorious pest, close monitoring of its population is essential, with an Economic Threshold Level (ETL) set at two thrips leaf-1. Both juvenile phase (nymph) and mature chili thrips result in heavy economic loss, leading to leaf curling and scarring on chilli fruits. In this literature, the focus is on promoting bio-friendly tactics and encouraging farmers to adopt secure operational strategies. Diverse integrative techniques are discussed to manage chilli thrips, aiming for sustainable and eco-conscious practices to protect chilli crops while minimizing harmful chemical usage.
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