Amblyseius swirskii controls thrips and whitefly in vegetables in EU
  • Sweet pepper (Capsicum annuum) / ESP / Amblyseius swirskii/ Frankliniella occidentalis and Trialeurodes vaporarorium
  • Report on toxic pesticide residues as a consequence of pest insect resistance development in sweet pepper originating from southern Spain in 2007 resulted in export ultimatum where growers needed to deliver residue poor vegetables


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  • Technical result: Excellent control of thrips and whitefly, biocontrol is an essential part of greenhouse vegetable pest control throughout Europe. Pollen feeding allows a preventive “standing army” approach
  • Economic result: Residue free vegetables at lower pest control cost: 2150 euro/Ha biological vs 4500 euro/Ha for chemical control, which is prone to pest resistance development
  • Sustainability (ecological, social and economical) Gains:


    • Increased biodiversity enabling more resilient greenhouse cropping systems
    • Reduction in fresh water use and reliance on chemical pesticides
    • Enables regenerative practices


    • Demonstrates good governance; monitoring and more preventative approach
    • Enables worker and consumer health and wellbeing
    • Promotes quality nutritious vegetable production


    • Improvement of financial viability
    • Supports farmers’ livelihood and value distribution
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