Part 5: Little Side Effects to Tamarixia

Taylor HillmanCitrus, Specialty Crops, Tree, nut & vine crops

Courtesy: UCANR

Courtesy: UCANR

Continuing our series on using the Tamarixia bug as a biological control for Asian citrus psyllids, AgNet West’s Taylor Hillman tells us if there are any side effects to a large increase in population.

Little Side Effects to Tamarixia

As researchers polish their findings on Tamarixia and their potential as an added tool to a current IPM system for Asian citrus psyllids, some wonder if a huge population increase will have a negative effect on the environmental balance. CDFA Environmental Program Manager David Morgan says they might have a positive added effect if anything.

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
Part 4: One Difficulty in Tamarixia Research