Papaya plants reduce the need for chemical controls in greenhouse tomatoes

07/01/2011 11:30:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

Growers of greenhouse tomatoes can enlist the help papaya plants that host minute parasitic wasps to help control silverleaf whiteflies, reducing their reliance on chemical controls.

Using wasps purchased from commercial biological control rearing operations can be costly.

The papaya plants come with whiteflies that are not a pest of greenhouse crops.

University of Florida researchers found the wasps controlled the papaya pests while at the same time going after silverleaf whiteflies.

Read the complete article at the University of Florida.

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