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Black thrips pose major threat to Indian agriculture

Black thrips (Thrips parvispinus) have become a major insect pest for chili and capsicum crops in India. It is an invasive insect species from Indonesia and was first reported in 2015 on a papaya plantation in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

It has also been reported to infest beans, eggplant, papaya, pepper, potato, shallot, and strawberry. In Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, it was found infesting sweet pepper, brinjal, black gram, pigeon pea, watermelon, cucumber, bottle gourd, mango, and more in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh. The establishment of this thrips species warrants special attention in India as it is a potentially damaging plant pest and has a wide host range across various plant families.


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