Tomato Russet Mite

Botanical Name: Aculops lycopersici

Crops it affects: Tomato

Description: this is a small mite, invisible with naked eye which attacks the green part of the plant

Symptoms and Damage

Some of the symptoms that are being displayed by the plants when being affected by this disease include:

 

  • Leaves turn yellow and dry from the top

  • Brown areas appear on stem
  • Attacked fruits have a cracked aspect and keep a small size

Damage prevention

They can be prevented through the following means:

  • Favor sprinkling irrigation on leaves
  • Apply specific and systematic preventive acaricid
  • Remove crop residue after harvest

 

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