Part 4: One Difficulty in Tamarixia Research

Taylor Hillman Citrus, Specialty Crops, Tree, nut & vine crops

Courtesy: UCANR

Courtesy: UCANR

There is one issue researchers are having with studying Tamarixia as a biological control on Asian citrus psyllids. AgNet West’s Taylor Hillman continues our series.

Population generating difficulties

Tamarixia insects are showing a 30 percent effectiveness in controlling Asian citrus psyllids and researchers believe it can be used as part of an IPM system, however there is one issue. CDFA Environmental Program Manager David Morgan says generating large populations is proving to be difficult.

In case you missed it, listen to earlier parts of this series here.
Part 1: Tamarixia Characteristics on ACP
Part 2: Expected Effectiveness of Tamarixia
Part 3: Adding Tamarixia to an IPM System