Swirskii predatory mite controls pests in greenhouse in honey melon in Spain
  •   Honey melon (Cucumis melo ‘Santa Claus’)/ ESP/ Amblyseius swirskii/ whitefly (Trialeurodes vaporariorum), thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis) and two spotted spidermite (Tetranychus urticae)
  • Insect pests in both spring and autumn crops are controlled by predatory mites to avoid workers exposure to chemical pesticides and to obtain a healthier crop.



  • Technical result: Controlled pest populations in greenhouse melon crop, with significant reduction of chemical insecticide applications
  • Economic result: Residue free melon at lower pest control cost enters market at higher price
  • Sustainability (ecological, social and economical) Gains:


    • Reduction in reliance on chemical fertilisers and pesticides
    • Minimised freshwater consumption
    • Increased biodiversity enabling more resilient greenhouse melon cropping systems


    • Enables worker and consumer health and wellbeing
    • Promotes quality nutritious melon production


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