Western flower thrips (WFT) is a major pest of vegetables and ornamental crops
worldwide. WFT is a serious pest due to its ability to reproduce on a large number of
hosts, its rapid developmental cycle, high reproductive rate and tendency to inhabit
protected areas of the plant, such as the growing tips and flower buds. An intensive
pesticide regime is often implemented to control WFT which has led to varying levels
of pesticide resistance across a wide range of chemicals. Therefore, sustainable
management practices are required for cut flower crops to manage the pest in the
longer term.

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