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Vineyard managers and researchers seek sustainable solutions for mealybugs, a changing pest complex


Kent M. Daane
Monica L. Cooper
Serguei V. Triapitsyn
Vaughn M. Walton
Glenn Y. Yokota
David R. Haviland
Walt J. Bentley
Kris E. Godfrey
Lynn R. Wunderlich

Authors Affiliations

K. M. Daane is Cooperative Extension Specialist, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley; M. L. Cooper is Staff Research Associate, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley; S. V. Triapitsyn is Principal Museum Scientist, Department of Entomology, UC Riverside; V. M. Walton is Assistant Professor, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley; G. Y. Yokota is Staff Research Associate, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley; D. R. Haviland is Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE), Kern County; W. J. Bentley is Areawide Advisor, UC Kearney Agricultural Center; K. E. Godfrey is Research Entomologist, Biological Control Program, California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA); L. R. Wunderlich is Cooperative Extension Advisor, UCCE El Dorado and Amador counties.

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Hilgardia 62(4):167-176. DOI:10.3733/ca.v062n04p167. October 2008.

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Mealybugs have become increasingly important vineyard pests — a result of their direct damage to the vine, their role in transmitting grapevine leafroll viruses, and the costs for their control. Numerous mealybug species are found in vineyards, and each has different biological traits that affect sustainable control options. We review the mealybug pests and their natural enemies to provide some clarification about current trends in biological control tactics and needed directions for future work.


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