Use of insecticides to reduce corky scab injury in bananas

Authors

  • Tim Trochoulias Tropical Fruit Research Station, Alstonville, NSW 2477, Australia
  • Walter E. Wright Tropical Fruit Research Station, Alstonville, NSW 2477, Australia
  • M. Ross Loebel Department of Agriculture, Lismore, NSW 2480, Australia

Keywords:

Insecticides, Bananas, Thrips

Abstract

Field trials were carried out in the Richmond River districts of New South Wales from 1975 to 1978 to evaluate insecticides against corky scab in bananas which is caused by the flower thrips Thrips florum Schmutz. In 1977 /78, when thrips catches in traps were high, omethoate (0.1 % a.i.) applied at bunch emergence in summer reduced the number of fruit affected by corky scab in autumn and winter by two thirds. In 1976/7, a year of low thrips catches, no treatment had any significant effect on the level of corky scab damage. In a low incidence year the application of chemicals to reduce corky scab injury may not be economic.

Issue

Section

Research Papers