Incidence of Onion Thrips Thrips tabaci Lindeman in Some Cabbage Varieties in Kosovo


  • Saranda Musa Department of Entomology, Institute of Plant Protection, Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 44 Ménesi Street, H-1118 Budapest
  • Fadil Musa Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary, University of Prishtina, Boulevard “Bill Clinton”p.n. 10 000 Prishtina



Thrips tabaci, cabbage varieties, Atria, Partula, Proctor, incidence, ANOVA, number of thrips, yellow sticky traps, population buildup, variation


Onion thrips (Thrips tabaci Lindeman) is a serious pest of cabbage worldwide. This study assesses the distribution of this thrips in three cabbage varieties (Proctor, Partula, and Atria) cultivated in open fields in three localities of Kosova (Barilevë, Prishtinë, and Podujevë). The experiment was conducted during 2020 and 2021 in randomized Fisher blocks design with four replications. Observations on the incidence of thrips confirmed with yellow sticky traps measuring 15x 20 cm revealed statistically significant differences with regard to years, localities, and varieties. This study reveals for the first time, the occurrence of T. tabaci on cabbage varieties cultivated in Kosovo.


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Musa, S., & Musa, F. (2023). Incidence of Onion Thrips <i>Thrips tabaci</i> Lindeman in Some Cabbage Varieties in Kosovo. Indian Journal of Entomology, 86(1), 12–15.



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