(For a list of insects affecting onions in the Northeast, see http://web.entomology.cornell.edu/shelton/veg-insects-ne/crops.html).
Onions are annually valued at about $50 million in New York. Their main pests are the onion thrips and onion maggot.
Listed below are a few of our publications in this area (see complete publication list above).
- Li, X-W, J. Fail, P. Wang, J-N Feng and A. M. Shelton. 2014. Performance of arrhenotokous and thelytokous Thrips tabaci on onions and cabbage and its implications on evolution and pest management. J. Econ. Entomol 107: 1526-1534.
- Diaz-Montano, M. Fuchs, B. A. Nault, J. Fail and A. M. Shelton. 2011. Onion thrips: a global pest of increasing concern in onion. J. Econ. Entomol. 104: 1-13. (PDF reprint here)
- Nault, B. A. and A. M. Shelton. 2010. Impact of insecticide efficacy on developing action thresholds for pest management: a case study of onion thrips on onions. J. Econ. Entomol. 103: 1315-1326. (PDF reprint here)
- Larentzaki, E., A. M. Shelton and J. Plate. 2008. Effect of kaolin particle film on Thrips tabaci oviposition, feeding and development on onions: a lab and field case study. Crop Protection 27: 727-734. (PDF reprint here)
- Shelton, A. M., J.-Z Zhao, B. A. Nault, J. Plate, F. R. Musser and E. Larentzaki. 2006. Patterns of insecticide resistance in onion thrips, Thrips tabaci, in onion fields in New York. J. Econ. Entomol. 99:1798-1804. (PDF reprint here)