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Title: Introduced sap-feeding insect pests of crop plants in the Maltese Islands
Authors: Mifsud, David
Watson, Gillian W.
Keywords: Insect pests -- Malta
Hemiptera -- Malta
Thrips -- Malta
Scale insects -- Malta
Issue Date: 1999-06
Publisher: The Central Mediterranean Naturalist
Citation: Mifsud, D., Watson, G. W. (1999). Introduced sap-feeding insect pests of crop plants in the Maltese Islands. The Central Mediterranean Naturalist, 3(1), 29-34.
Abstract: Sap-feeding insects within Hemiptera and Thysanoptera are some of the most important crop pests world-wide. Apart from the loss of yield they cause by sap depletion, saliva toxicity and soiling of the leaves, some species transmit serious plant virus diseases. Important sap-feeding species that have been introduced to the Maltese Islands include the whitefly Bemisia tabaci; the scale insects Pseudo coccus !ongispinus, Planococcus citri and lcerya purchasi; the aphids Aphis gossypii, Aphis spiraecola, Myzus persicae and Viteus viti/oliae; and the thrips Frankliniella occidentalis and Heliothrips haemorrhoidalis. For each of these pests information is provided on area of origin, present distribution, host-plant range and virus disease transmission. Control strategies undertaken in the Maltese Islands are described where relevant. Some general considerations on quarantine measures are discussed.
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