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Research looks to beneficial insects for pest control

A Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist is studying how a combination of beneficial insects can help control the pests in greenhouses.  Erfan Vafaie, AgriLife Extension program specialist in Integrated Pest Management, Overton, just wrapped up the second year of a three-year study looking at the use of predatory beneficial insects—mites and wasps—to control sweet potato whiteflies in commercial settings.  Vafaie's study is for his doctorate dissertation under the supervision of Kevin Heinz, Ph.D., a senior professor in Texas A&M University's Department of Entomology at College Station.  Read more....



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