Zoophytophagy dilemma: the risks of successful pest management

Published on
November 7, 2016

ESR update - The success of different IPM programs can be boosted with an appropriate timing of natural enemies’ introductions to the crops. Zoophytophagous insects have become relevant given the advantage that phytophagy represents in terms of early establishment of the predator in the crop even before the pest arrives. Nevertheless, species like Nesidiocoris tenuis can inflict direct damage to tomato plant shoots when prey is scarce, which can lead to yield reduction in severe cases.

Milena Chinchilla-Ramírez, MSc.