US: Something is hiding in the lettuce capital of the world

Thrips are roughly half the size of a grain of rice, so it’s hard to believe that an insect this small could do millions of dollars of damage to crops in the Salinas Valley each year. But thanks to research led by ARS Entomologist Daniel Hasegawa, along with university, along with university, community, and state partners, we better understand how INSV, the disease the thrips carry, is being spread.

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