The impact of this work is that commercial growers of protected fruit,
flower and vegetable crops around the world now have a tool to help them
to detect the presence of Western Flower Thrips (WFT) in their crops,
earlier and at lower numbers than they are currently able to. Growers can
also enhance their existing control measures. WFT are insects that cause
serious economic loss to growers because of feeding damage and virus
transmission. By taking earlier and more effective action against WFT they
can reduce plant damage, insecticide use and consequent financial loss.