Onion thrips (Thrips tabaci) are an increasing pest of greenhouse ornamentals, strawberries, vegetables, and even cannabis. Why is this, and what can growers do about it?
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A western flower thrips female (left) and male (center) compared to an onion thrips female (right). Can’t tell them apart? You’ll be able to by the end of this webinar! Photo by A. Summerfield.
Ashley Summerfield, Senior Research Technician in the Biocontrol Lab at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, and recent M.Sc. recipient from the University of Guelph.
Date and Time:
Thursday, August 25th, 12:00–1:00 PM EST
Onion thrips damage to new foliage in cut chrysanthemums. Photo by OMAFRA.
Onion thrips outbreaks in greenhouse crops have been on the rise. Unfortunately, typical IPM programs for western flower thrips don’t seem to be as effective for this thrips pest. Ashley will discuss the results of her Master’s research comparing the efficacy of common thrips IPM tools on onion thrips versus western flower thrips and what growers should be doing NOW to manage their onion thrips populations. She’ll also discuss where research on this emerging pest should go from here.