Jul 23, 2014, 5:55 PM
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Iranians introduce method to combat pistachio psylla

Tehran, July 23, IRNA -- Studies conducted at Iranian Institute of Plant Research and Protection have revealed that spraying a mixture of eucalyptus extract and coconut oil on pistachio trees is the best way to combat pistachio psylla.

Hossein Farazmand, a member of the institute, said pistachio psylla is the main pest affecting pistachio trees which can not just damage the fruit but also result in loss of foliage after harvest.

He explained that pistachio trees need to be sprayed with chemical pesticides, adding that the institute has developed a new method for growing organic pistachios.

Psylla (from the Greek psulla, meaning flea) is a genus of sap-sucking insects belonging to the order Hemiptera. Twelve species are within the genus, each with a specific host. Some harmful species commonly known as flies belong to neighboring genera, such as Cacopsylla (which includes most of the pyslla harmful to fruit trees), the Albizia fly (Acizzia jamatonica, from the Psyllidae family) and the laurel fly (Trioza alacris).