COST EFFECTIVE IPM MODULES FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF MORINGA FRUIT FLY, Gitona distigma (Meigen) (DIPTERA : DROSOPHILIDAE)
Five IPM modules were evaluated at Nadupatti area of Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu during kharif 2006 for their effectiveness against moringa fruit fly, Gitona distigma (Meigen). Among them, suggestive module 1 (SM 1) consisting of soil application of thiamethoxam 25 WG @ 200 g a.i. ha-1 on 150, 180 and 210 days after sowing, use of fermented tomato in a trap, collection and destruction of fruit fly damaged fruits at weekly interval and foliar spray of spinosad 45 SC @ 56 g a.i. ha-1 and profenofos 50 EC @ 250 g a.i. ha-1 on 165 and 195 DAS was found to be the best module in minimizing fruit damage and pupae in the soil and increasing fruit yield and cost benefit ratio.
IPM; Gitona distigma; moringa fruit fly
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