The Contribution of Extrafloral Nectar to Survival and Reproduction of the Predatory Mite Iphiseius Degenerans on Ricinus Communis

@article{Rijn2004TheCO,
  title={The Contribution of Extrafloral Nectar to Survival and Reproduction of the Predatory Mite Iphiseius Degenerans on Ricinus Communis},
  author={Paul C. J. van Rijn and Lynell K. Tanigoshi},
  journal={Experimental & Applied Acarology},
  year={2004},
  volume={23},
  pages={281-296}
}
The phytoseiid mite Iphiseius degenerans (Berlese) is an effective predator of western flower thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande), in Dutch greenhouses. In the Mediterranean area, castor bean, Ricinus communis L., is known as a year-round host plant for this predatory mite. On flowering castor bean plants in greenhouses, I. degenerans can be found in densities of more than 100 per leaf. For this reason, the plant is being used as a ‘banker’ plant to augment biological control. It has… CONTINUE READING

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