FIELD MONITORING OF TOMATO LEAF MINER TUTA ABSOLUTA (MEYRICK) (LEPIDOPTERA: GELECHIIDAE) BY PHEROMONE TRAPS IN ZONA 1 OF ECUADOR

Hristina Kutinkova, Fernando Caicedo, Bill Lingren

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The tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), is a economically important  pest of processed and fresh tomatoes, both in greenhouses and open field crops. Currently, the pest threatens other cultivated solanaceous plants such as eggplant and potato. In this article we review pheromone control strategies for species-specific and environmentally safe management of the tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae). This insect pest originates from South America and is now considered to be one of the most damaging invasive pests of tomatoes in the Mediterranean Basin countries of Europe and North Africa. In this article we describestrategies used to control T. absoluta including pest detection and population monitoring. Monitoring of Tuta absoluta was carried out in Imbabura Province in Ecuador. The parameters of using the pheromone traps Delta VI are described.

Key words: Tuta absoluta, monitoring, PHEROCON® DELTA VI trap


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