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Violet LED light enhances the recruitment of a thrip predator in open fields

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The predatory bug Orius sauteri is an indigenous natural enemy of thrips and whiteflies in Asian countries. To put these bugs to practical use in pest management, methods to attract and retain the bugs in agricultural fields are needed. We previously showed that violet light (405 nm) attracts O. sauteri selectively. Many thrips and whiteflies are attracted to UV or green light. In this study, we examined the effect of violet-LED illumination on O. sauteri in pesticide-free eggplant (Solanum melongena L.) cultivation. In three cultivation trials, the density of O. sauteri on eggplant leaves was consistently higher in the illuminated plots; at least twice that of the non-illuminated plots. Simultaneously, the density of thrips declined markedly to less than half that of the non-illuminated plots. We identified three positive effects of violet light including an “immediate-effect” on predator attraction, a “persistent-effect” on predator reproduction, and a “secondary-effect” on the food web structure. Our results showed that illumination with violet light provides a powerful tool for integrated pest management. This is the first report on the use of illumination to manipulate the behavior of natural enemies.

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The densities of Orius sauteri and thrips in plots with and without LED.Mean numbers of O. sauteri and thrips captured per week in Trial 1 (A) and Trial 2 (B). Vertical bars indicate standard error (A, n = 12; B, n = 12). Statistical analysis was by the Mann-Whitney U-test. * and ** indicate statistical significance at p < 0.05 and p < 0.01, respectively.
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f2: The densities of Orius sauteri and thrips in plots with and without LED.Mean numbers of O. sauteri and thrips captured per week in Trial 1 (A) and Trial 2 (B). Vertical bars indicate standard error (A, n = 12; B, n = 12). Statistical analysis was by the Mann-Whitney U-test. * and ** indicate statistical significance at p < 0.05 and p < 0.01, respectively.

Mentions: During the experimental period, the total numbers of O. sauteri and thrips captured in the illuminated plot were 57 and 74, respectively, whereas those captured in the non-illuminated plot were 20 and 183, respectively. In the illuminated plot, the numbers of O. sauteri were 2.9 times greater, and the numbers of thrips were reduced by 60% of the value for the non-illuminated plot. The numbers of O. sauteri and thrips captured per week in the illuminated plots were 4.33 ± 0.43 and 6.00 ± 1.21 (mean ± SE, n = 12), respectively (Fig. 2A). Those captured in the non-illuminated plots were 1.58 ± 0.49 and 13.67 ± 2.23, respectively (Fig. 2A). From these results, a greater number of O. sauteri (p < 0.01) and smaller number of thrips (p < 0.05) were always captured in the illuminated plot.


Violet LED light enhances the recruitment of a thrip predator in open fields
The densities of Orius sauteri and thrips in plots with and without LED.Mean numbers of O. sauteri and thrips captured per week in Trial 1 (A) and Trial 2 (B). Vertical bars indicate standard error (A, n = 12; B, n = 12). Statistical analysis was by the Mann-Whitney U-test. * and ** indicate statistical significance at p < 0.05 and p < 0.01, respectively.
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f2: The densities of Orius sauteri and thrips in plots with and without LED.Mean numbers of O. sauteri and thrips captured per week in Trial 1 (A) and Trial 2 (B). Vertical bars indicate standard error (A, n = 12; B, n = 12). Statistical analysis was by the Mann-Whitney U-test. * and ** indicate statistical significance at p < 0.05 and p < 0.01, respectively.
Mentions: During the experimental period, the total numbers of O. sauteri and thrips captured in the illuminated plot were 57 and 74, respectively, whereas those captured in the non-illuminated plot were 20 and 183, respectively. In the illuminated plot, the numbers of O. sauteri were 2.9 times greater, and the numbers of thrips were reduced by 60% of the value for the non-illuminated plot. The numbers of O. sauteri and thrips captured per week in the illuminated plots were 4.33 ± 0.43 and 6.00 ± 1.21 (mean ± SE, n = 12), respectively (Fig. 2A). Those captured in the non-illuminated plots were 1.58 ± 0.49 and 13.67 ± 2.23, respectively (Fig. 2A). From these results, a greater number of O. sauteri (p < 0.01) and smaller number of thrips (p < 0.05) were always captured in the illuminated plot.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

ABSTRACT

The predatory bug Orius sauteri is an indigenous natural enemy of thrips and whiteflies in Asian countries. To put these bugs to practical use in pest management, methods to attract and retain the bugs in agricultural fields are needed. We previously showed that violet light (405&thinsp;nm) attracts O. sauteri selectively. Many thrips and whiteflies are attracted to UV or green light. In this study, we examined the effect of violet-LED illumination on O. sauteri in pesticide-free eggplant (Solanum melongena L.) cultivation. In three cultivation trials, the density of O. sauteri on eggplant leaves was consistently higher in the illuminated plots; at least twice that of the non-illuminated plots. Simultaneously, the density of thrips declined markedly to less than half that of the non-illuminated plots. We identified three positive effects of violet light including an &ldquo;immediate-effect&rdquo; on predator attraction, a &ldquo;persistent-effect&rdquo; on predator reproduction, and a &ldquo;secondary-effect&rdquo; on the food web structure. Our results showed that illumination with violet light provides a powerful tool for integrated pest management. This is the first report on the use of illumination to manipulate the behavior of natural enemies.

No MeSH data available.