Mealybugs are injurious to ber in India, Egypt, Jordan etc. Severe infestation of mealybugs and subsequent development of sooty mould affect the growth and fruiting capacity of ber and quality of fruits. The mealybugs on ber are difficult to control with insecticides. The predator Cryptolaemus montrouzieri supplimented Anagyrus spp. and the population of Nipaecoccus viridis (Newstead) declined to very low level and subsequently the pest disappeared in India. In Jordan, Anagyrus indicus Shaffee et al. was introduced to suppress the mealybug N. viridis on Zizyphus sp. The local parasitoid Coccidoxenoides perminutus played a major role in reducing the population of Planococcus citri in ber orchards in India.


Natural Enemy Predatory Activity Monetary Loss Sooty Mould Insecticidal Spray 


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  1. 1.Indian Institute of Horticultural ResearchBangaloreIndia

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