Journal of
Entomology and Nematology

  • Abbreviation: J. Entomol. Nematol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9855
  • DOI: 10.5897/JEN
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 135

Full Length Research Paper

Tomato Leaf miner (Tuta absoluta) (Meyrick 1917) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) prevalence and farmer management practices in Kirinyanga County, Kenya

Nderitu Wangari Peris
  • Nderitu Wangari Peris
  • School of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Resource Management, University of Embu, P. O. Box 6-60100, Embu, Kenya.
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John Jamleck Muturi
  • John Jamleck Muturi
  • School of pure and applied sciences, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Embu, P. O. Box 6-60100, Embu, Kenya.
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Otieno Mark
  • Otieno Mark
  • School of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Resource Management, University of Embu, P. O. Box 6-60100, Embu, Kenya.
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Arunga Esther
  • Arunga Esther
  • School of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Resource Management, University of Embu, P. O. Box 6-60100, Embu, Kenya.
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Mattias Jonsson
  • Mattias Jonsson
  • Department of Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala, Sweden.
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  •  Received: 25 April 2018
  •  Accepted: 21 June 2018
  •  Published: 31 August 2018


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Cocco A, Deliperi S, Delrio G (2012). Control of Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) in greenhouse tomato crops using the mating disruption technique'. Journal of Applied Entomology 137:16-28.


Desneux N, Luna Mg, Guillemaud T, Urbaneja A (2011). The invasive South American tomato pinworm, Tuta absoluta, continues to spread in Afro-Eurasia and beyond: the new threat to tomato world production. Journal of Pest Science 84:403-408.


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