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May 2003
Staying Ahead of Vine Mealybug
Monitoring with New Pheromone Traps
by Melinda Warner
How do you monitor a pest that is less than 1 mm in length, and can feed on roots or hidden under the bark of vines? By the time these tiny, elusive pests explode on grapevines creating copious honeydew, you've got a problem. This has been a frustration for grape growers as the pest has spread throughout California.Now, thanks to the diligent work of the University of California, especially chemical ecologist Jocelyn Millar in Riverside, inexpensive and highly selective pheromone traps are now a...
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