Biocontrol strategy for the control of aphids on greenhouse ornamentals

David Gillespie, AAFC Agassi; Jenny Cory, Simon Fraser University; Bernie Roitberg, Simon Fraser University

Dr. Dave Gillespie with Agriculture and AgriFood Canada has developed a strategy to use Botanigard in combination with natural enemies for control of aphids in greenhouse floriculture. This research has enhanced the general understanding of how parasitoids used for biological control of aphids in ornamental systems interact with Botanigard. It has also identified some critical knowledge gaps and opportunities for future technology development. A set of specific recommendations for growers to enhance aphid control in the greenhouse has been developed.