Essex-based Syngenta Bioline is using Fruit Focus to highlight the threat that Western Flower Thrips (WFT) pose to strawberry production.
“Western Flower Thrips remain a major problem in strawberry production, and growing resistance to conventional crop protection products continues to exacerbate this problem,” comments the firm’s Richard GreatRex.
To help growers manage the pest Syngenta Bioline offers both ThripLine sticky roller traps and the predatory mite Amblyseius cucumeris in its AmblyLine cu product. The company says that recent trials have demonstrated that TrapLine roller traps, which are available in lengths of 100 metres, and widths of 15 and 30 cms, can give significant reductions in the numbers of adult thrips in flowers, as well as improved fruit quality.
AmblyLine cu sachets can be used in tunnels and open field crops, as well as in glasshouses. Richard adds that they “Provide a tried and tested solution, producing high numbers of Amblyseius cucumeris continuously over several weeks, thus providing prolonged protection for the crop.”
Syngenta Bioline can be found on Stand 228 at Fruit Focus, which is held at East Malling in Kent on 22 July.