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Citrus flat mite

Citrus flat mite

In Greece, citrus flat mite first appeared in 1982 in the area of Tirnavos and from there it spread rapidly to all the vine-growing regions of Greece.

Scientific name: Brevipalpus lewisi
Greek name: Καστανή εσχάρωση – ακάρεα

Citrus flat mite apart from the vine it attacks orange, lemon and various ornamental plants.

Damage

This mite can cause serious damage to crops. Infestation starts at the base of the shoots, where dark discoloration initially appears, which then develops into eschar. The inflorescences are affected, and the flowers dry out, the back of the grapes and the berries, where eschars are formed, resulting in a deterioration in the quality of the grapes.

Pest

Citrus flat mite spends the winter as an adult, in colonies under the bark or in the wrinkles of the trunk. In spring it is activated, attacks the green, tender parts of the plant and multiplies. Its eggs are red and are laid singly in various parts of the plant, such as at the base of the eyes, on the back of the grapes and along the nerves on the underside of the leaves. It completes 4 generations per year.

Treatment

Winter spraying with suitable sprays and intervention early in the growing season are recommended as a basic control measure.

Source

www.bayercropscience.gr
Brevipalpus

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