Dragon Fruit Info
Cautionary Tale: UF/IFAS Scientists Provide Insight Regarding Dragon Fruit
Scientists at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are providing valuable insect management information to farmers interested in producing dragon fruit. The fact sheet
Pitaya (Dragon Fruit) (Hylocereus undatus) Pests and Beneficial Insects
provides insight on insects and pests that can limit production by this vine-like cactus.
“The goal is to provide growers with a description of all pests and beneficial insects associated with dragon fruit in south Florida, together with some general control recommendations,” said
, an assistant professor of entomology and nematology at
UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center
“Pitaya, or dragon fruit, is an emerging crop in South Florida,” he added. “Acreage of this fruit crop in Florida has increased rapidly and shows a good potential for commercialization. But as with most fruit plants, pests can be a problem.
Potential pests for the dragon fruit in South Florida are leaf-footed bugs, aphids, beetles, mealybugs and scales. The most dangerous are thrips.
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