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    Author(s): Karen L. Robb; Michael P. Perella
    Date: 1991
    Source: Parker, Bruce. L.; Skinner, Margaret; Lewis, Trevor, eds. Towards Understanding Thysanoptera. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-147. Radnor, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station: 343-357.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Northeastern Research Station
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    The western flower thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande), has recently become one of the most serious pest problems facing the ornamental industry (Robb & Parrella 1988). It is polyphagous and has been collected from plants of almost every order of the Spermatophyta in California (Watson 1923, Bailey 1933, Bryan & Smith 1956). However, western flower thrips probably has a greater impact on ornamental crops than any other crop. It attacks essentially all floricultural crops and also transmits the tomato spotted wilt virus to numerous ornamental plants (Best 1968).

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    Robb, Karen L.; Perella, Michael P. 1991. Western flower thrips, a serious pest of floricultural crops. Parker, Bruce. L.; Skinner, Margaret; Lewis, Trevor, eds. Towards Understanding Thysanoptera. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-147. Radnor, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station: 343-357.

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