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Chilli Thrips, Scirtothrips dorsalis

An introduction to distribution, life history, and pest potential for chilli thrips, Scirtothrips dorsalis in the U.S. Upon completion of the module, learners will have achieved the following objectives:

  • Be familiar with the origin and current status of chilli thrips in the U.S.
  • Be familiar with damage symptoms.
  • Understand the life cycle of chilli thrips.
  • Know general management options.
  • Be familiar with local resources for obtaining management recommendations.
  • Understand thrips sampling techniques.
  • Know how to submit a thrips sample to their diagnostic laboratory.

Module Credits
Authors: Amanda Hodges (SPDN, University of Florida/IFAS), Scott Ludwig (Texas AgriLife Extension, Texas IPM Program, Texas A&M University), Lance Osborne (University of Florida/IFAS)

Technical Authoring/Tool Design: Howard Beck (University of Florida/IFAS)

Specialist and Diagnostic Reviewers: Stan Diffie (University of Georgia), Greg Hodges (Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry), Sara May (Pennsylvania State University), Cindy McKenzie (USDA-ARS), Chris Sansone (Texas AgriLife Extension, Texas A&M University)

Clientele Reviewers: Joyce Beaver, Robert Beaver, Martha Moss, Susie Robbins

Publication Date: November 2009

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