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Leafminer monitoring for cucurbits
Recognize the problem
is a destructive pest of cucurbits. Adult miners are small yellow and black shiny
flies. The young insects (larvae)
are pale and then darken to yellow as they mature.
attack the plant by creating mines in the leaves where they feed on the leaf
tissue. This damage reduces the effectiveness of nutrient production in the
leaves and provides an entry point for diseases that attack the plant. The
plant becomes weaker and in severe attacks, the plant can die.
monitoring is done to identify the adult and its young early, and to assess
any crop loss. It is extremely important to monitor crops properly so that
you can identify the problem early and control it quickly. This will reduce
economic losses and the farmer will have to spend less money to control the
is done from March to August, twice a week during the crop growth period
to the field of cucurbits, look at the leaves and check them for mines
mines are present, count the number of mines in an area of one step by one
there are 4-5 mines in the entire area, then you have to act to control the
problem, through chemical, mechanical or cultural control
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