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Use of Reflective Mulch to Reduce Thrips Populations in Field-Grown Cut Flowers 1997

Project Leaders: Christine Casey, Linda M.E. Yannone

Objective:

Demonstrate the use of reflective mulch and black plastic mulch as methods for reducing thrips populations in field-grown cut flowers and to reduce crop loss from insect-vectored viruses.

Results:

Both mulch types reduced thrips populations relative to the bare-ground plots. There was no difference between mulch types. Measurements of the amount of light reflected off both types of mulch were similar. Plants grown under black plastic were consistently shorter than those grown using either the reflective mulch or bare-ground treatments.