Promoting adaptability of Amblyseius swirskii predatory mites to tomato crop

Published on
August 8, 2016

ESR Update - Amblyseius swirskii is a predatory mite very effective for controlling whiteflies and thrips in protected crops. However, on tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) its survival and efficacy as biological control agent is hindered, most probably due to lack of adaptation to plant defenses, such as the tomato trichomes and their exudates. Tomato trichomes are physical and chemical barriers limiting the performance of A. swirskii on this crop. Our aim is to select a strain adapted to tomato.

Angeliki Paspati MSc.