New webcast on thrips as pests and vectors of TSWV on tomatoes

The Plant Management Network (PMN) has launched a new presentation in its Focus on Tomato webcast resource. This webcast is titled “Thrips as Pests and Vectors of Tospoviruses in Tomato” by George Kennedy, Professor of Agriculture and Entomology Department Head at North Carolina State University.

Below my signature, you will find more details about this webcast and the Focus on Tomato resource. Please let your students, growers, consultants, and any other practitioners who may be interested know through email, ListServe, blog, enewsletter, or any other extension-focused communications that you see fit..

Feel free to reply or call 651-994-3859 if there is any more information I can provide.

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Phil Bogdan
Plant Management Network

New Thrips Webcast Featured in Focus on Tomato

As the primary vector for Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV), thrips are an important pest to keep at bay.

This latest Focus on Tomato presentation, produced by The Plant Management Network will help consultants, growers, and other practitioners in the southern and western U.S. manage thrips and suppress virus incidence.

This talk, authored by Dr. George Kennedy, Professor of Agriculture and Entomology Department Head at North Carolina State University, covers&

– The biology of thrips and factors affecting their abundance
– Some background information on TSWV
– The roles of the tobacco thrips and western flower thrips in spread of TSWV
– The use of insecticides, reflective plastic mulch, Actigard, and TSWV resistant cultivars in the management of thrips

This presentation is open access through December 31, 2012 and can be viewed at

Users can view other recent webcasts in the Focus on Tomato resource at

Focus on Tomato is a publication of the Plant Management Network (PMN), a nonprofit online publisher whose mission is to enhance the health, management, and production of agricultural and horticultural crops. It achieves this mission through applied, science-based resources. PMN is jointly managed by the American Society of Agronomy, American Phytopathological Society, and Crop Science Society of America.

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