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Agricultural Reviews
Year : 2014, Volume : 35, Issue : 4
First page : ( 250) Last page : ( 260)
Print ISSN : 0253-1496. Online ISSN : 0976-0741.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0976-0741.2014.00912.X

Host plant responses, biotic stress and management strategies for the control of Tetranychus urticae Koch (Acarina: Tetranychidae)

Tehri Kanika*, Gulati Rachna, Geroh Monika

Department of Zoology, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar-125 001, India

*Corresponding author's e-mail: knkzoology@gmail.com

Online published on 18 December, 2014.


Tetranychus urticae Koch is a polyphagous pest and attacks broad range of crops, limiting the yield and thus, leading to huge economic losses. Understanding T. urticae populations, their life cycle patterns and outbreaks require a knowledge of many factors which include the biotic potential of the species, the influence of meteorological factors, the availability and relative susceptibility of hosts, competition between mite species, structural and chemical adaptations of mite species. Documentation of the population abundance and spatial distribution of this pest in host plants and selection of newer management practices would open up new scope for farmers to combat spider mites and thus gain higher profits.



Biotic potential, Management, Mite species, Tetranychus urticae.


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