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Gomite and Grapes

Introduction

 

Grape (Vitis vinifera L.) is one of the major important fruit crops of the country grown on an area of  111.000  ha with  an annual  production  of 1,235,000  tones.  It is  used for table,  raisin and  wine making.    In Maharashtra, Thompson  Seedless  (white seedless)  grapes  are grown  in majority  of the  area  followed  by  Sharad  Seedless  as  colored  variety.  Insect  pests  are  the important production constraints in grape cultivation  apart from diseases.  In grape, 85 species of insect  pests have  been  reported  in  India (Atwal  and Dhaliwal,  2005)  and 94  insect  pests  have been reported  by Tandon  and Verghese  (1994). Among  them, thrips, mites and mealybugs  are important sucking pests causes serious damage to the vineyards. Thrips, mites and mealybugs are important  sucking  pests  of grapes  causes  serious  damage  to  the  vineyards.  Thrips  pose  an increasing threat to grape cultivation  by causing scab formation on berries and resulting  in heavy loss in the vineyards.  Severe infestation of spider mites results in delay  in  maturing  and ripening of bunches  and reduction  in sugar  content  thereby  affecting the quality of grapes.   Mealybug attack weakens the grownup  vines…..Click here for more

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