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Arazi, Y., Research and Development, Sha'ar Hanegev Enterprises, Hof Ashkelon, Israel
 

Over the course of 4 years, five sets of trials were run in celery and potato crops to evaluate the efficacy of a field-scale vacuum (FSV) unit for use in insect pest management. The unit was designed to dislodge insects by blowing air from lateral vents onto the plants while simultaneously vacuuming from above. Efficacy was evaluated by field observations, yellow sticky traps and hand vacuum sampling before and after the FSV. All insects evaluated were effectively removed by the vacuum unit; typically, population reductions of 50-75% were achieved with whiteflies, leafhoppers, and aphids. In some trials, reductions were achieved that lasted from week to week. Additionally, agromyzid leafminers were significantly reduced in number, but population reductions were temporary because of their strong flying ability.
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Management of insect pests in celery and potato crops by pneumatic removal
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Arazi, Y., Research and Development, Sha'ar Hanegev Enterprises, Hof Ashkelon, Israel
 

Management of insect pests in celery and potato crops by pneumatic removal
Over the course of 4 years, five sets of trials were run in celery and potato crops to evaluate the efficacy of a field-scale vacuum (FSV) unit for use in insect pest management. The unit was designed to dislodge insects by blowing air from lateral vents onto the plants while simultaneously vacuuming from above. Efficacy was evaluated by field observations, yellow sticky traps and hand vacuum sampling before and after the FSV. All insects evaluated were effectively removed by the vacuum unit; typically, population reductions of 50-75% were achieved with whiteflies, leafhoppers, and aphids. In some trials, reductions were achieved that lasted from week to week. Additionally, agromyzid leafminers were significantly reduced in number, but population reductions were temporary because of their strong flying ability.
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