Aphids and their parasitoids in fruit orchards

Fruit tree orchards attract many kinds of insect pests that damage vegetation and fruit. Aphids are among the most serious pests that attacking fruit trees in Belgium, of which they are generating severe economic damage through direct feeding, honeydew producing and virus spreading. These aphids have fortunately insect enemies of their own. Growers can provide safe habitat for beneficial insects as part of an integrated pest management (IPM) strategy that reduces the need for pesticides.

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