Farmers in East Africa cultivate tomato for the domestic market, but thrips hamper production of the crop by causing direct damage (through feeding on the plant) and indirect damage (through transmitting plant-infecting viruses) that contributes to tomato crop losses.
This article describes field experiments that were carried out over 2 planting seasons to evaluate the use of sticky traps for monitoring thrips infesting tomato in East Africa. The investigators tested blue, yellow, and clear sticky traps with addition (and without addition) of a thrips lure (Lurem-TR). Results show that blue traps and Lurem-TR have potential for improving monitoring and management of thrips on tomato.
This is an output of the ‘Implementation of Integrated Thrips and Tospovirus Management Strategies in Smallholder Vegetable Cropping Systems of Eastern Africa’ project. It is partly funded by the UK Department for International Development, a core donor of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology.
Muvea A. M., Kutima H. L., Osiemo Z.O., Waiganjo M. and Subramanian S. (2017) Evaluation of coloured traps with kairomone attractant for monitoring thrips population dynamics on tomato crop in East Africa. International Journal of Tropical Insect Science 37, 89–97. doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1742758417000042.
Evaluation of coloured traps with kairomone attractant for monitoring thrips population dynamics on tomato crop in East Africa