An endemic omnivorous predator for control of greenhouse pests
Biological Control: A Global Perspective
Generalist natural enemies can be key members of biological control programmes. We believe that importation of generalist natural enemies for biological control should be avoided, and that endemic natural enemies should be used instead. We summarize our progress developing a generalist mirid, Dicyphus hesperus, for biological control in greenhouse tomato crops. Our success in locating a generalist mirid which can fill a niche in protected culture illustrates the potential for such approaches. This predator satisfies four of five preconditions that we set when we started the project and could potentially be used successfully as part of biological control programmes in greenhouses in North America. © CAB International 2007.
Gillespie, D.; McGregor, R.; Sanchez, J. A.; VanLaerhoven, Sherah L.; Quiring, D.; Roitberg, B.; Foottit, R.; Schwartz, M.; and Shipp, L., "An endemic omnivorous predator for control of greenhouse pests" (2007). Biological Control: A Global Perspective, 128-135.