Guava - Pest management

Mirid Bug (Helopeltis antonii) :

Damage  by Helopeltis antonii: Both adults and nymphs suck sap from tender shoot, leaf and fruits results in drying of shoot, brown specks/spots on leaf and fruits

Management: Two-three sprays of  Lambda -cyhalothrin 0.5ml/L  at ten days interval or spraying of Beauveria bassiana  WP @10g/L during  fruit setting

Guava general information

Guava (Psidium guajava L) of the myrtle family (Myrtaceae), is the fifth most widely grown fruit crop in India after banana, mango, citrus and papaya. The fruit has gained considerable prominence in India due to its high nutritive value, moderate prices, pleasant aroma and good flavour. Guava is a rich source of vitamin C and pectin and moderate source of B vitamins, calcium, iron and phosphorus. It is one of the commonest fresh fruits liked by the rich and the poor alike and is popularly known as the ‘apple of tropics’ or `poor man’s apple’. Only a small quantity of the production is utilized for processing in the form of jelly, canned cups, juice and nectar, cheese, toffee bar, powder, flakes and strained baby foods have also been prepared besides commercial pectin.

Contact us.

  • ICAR - IIHR.
  • Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Hessaraghatta Lake post, Bengaluru - 560 089.
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