Tomato Russet Mite: Symptoms and Control

Tomato Russet Mite

The tomato russet mite (Aculops lycopersici, also referred to as Vasates lycopersici, Vasates destructor and Phyllocoptes destructor in older publications) belongs to the family Eriophyidae. It does not produce galls but lives freely (vagrant) on tomato plants. Aculops lycopersici was detected for the first time in Australia and is a pest in tomatoes in all areas where they are grown. Other members of the plant family Solanaceae may be affected to a lesser extent. Preferred Scientific Name Aculops lycopersici (Tryon, 1917) Preferred Common Name tomato russet mite Other Scientific Names…

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Different Varieties of European Eggplant and their Characteristics

Different Varieties of European Eggplant and their Characteristics

Eggplant is a member of the Solanaceae, or nightshade family, which includes tomatoes, peppers and potatoes, eggplant is thought to be a native of India where it grows wild as a perennial. Many of us are familiar with the most common eggplant variety, Solanum melongena, but there are a plethora of eggplant types available. Botanical name: Solanum melongena European Eggplant is a hardly species that can be grown all year round in tropical areas. It needs good irrigation management and rigorous control of nitrogen fertilization (to make fruit setting easier)…

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