Vol. 4, Issue 2 (2019)
Integrated management of green peach aphid Myzus persicae Sulzer (Hemiptera: Aphididae)
Author(s): Sachin Gahatraj
Abstract: Green Peach Aphid (Myzus persicae) is a polyphagus pest that infects primarily peach including vegetable crops, sunflower, tobacco, sugar beet, and fruit crops. It is cosmopolitan in distribution. It is primarily green in color, but may be pale-brown to pinkish. Depending upon the environment and climatic condition, adults are alate as well as apterous at different time of year. Integrated management is the best method for management of Green Peach Aphid. Removal of crop residue and weed host is the best cultural practices. Aphids suck up sap from young leaves and flower buds. Infested leaves curl downward and may turn brown and die. When infestations are heavy, aphid damage can reduce plant vigor, size and yield, and may kill the plants. Different predators, parasitoids, microbial organisms, botanical pesticides can be used for management. Integrated management of Green Peach Aphid includes cultural practices; use of predators, parasitoids, biocontrol agents, botanical pesticides, and chemical pesticides. Farmers have own indigenous knowledge on this pest control. Effective chemical pesticides can be used as last resort for control.