By Doctors Rob van Tol, Willem Jan de Kogel (Plant Research International, Wageningen, The Netherlands) and David Teulon (New Zealand Institute for Crop and Food Research, New Zealand).
An odour to attract western flower thrips, as well as onion thrips, has been tested successfully, resulting in a new patented product to improve the monitoring and application of integrated pest management.
Thrips is an important pest that affects many different crops and causes direct feeding damage as well as damage through virus transmission. Effective and early monitoring is important for a successful control of this pest. Scientists from New Zealand’s Crop and Food Research and Plant
Research International in the Netherlands have been searching for compounds that attract thrips for several years. This has led to the development of a new kairomone for several species, both males and females. 

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