Investigating foliar fertiliser effects on the incidence of clover flea (<i>Sminthurus viridis</i>) damage on white clover


  • D.J. Wilson
  • P.J. Gerard



Clover flea (Sminthurus viridis (L) is a sporadic and at times serious pest of white clover in New Zealand Clover flea feeding is reduced in the laboratory by application of foliar fertilisers The possibility that this was related to potassium status was tested in outdoor were placed in a paddock where clover flea were active while in the second treated plants were surrounded by a barrier and clover flea released into the enclosure Three treatments significantly reduced the incidence of feeding damage 79 days after treatment compared to the water treatment with diazinon (4257 reduction in the incidence of damage) more effective than Nitrosolreg; (2644) and potash (38) There was no evidence the effect was related to potassium Only Thrivereg; increased the amount of foliage




How to Cite

Wilson, D.J., and P.J. Gerard. “Investigating Foliar Fertiliser Effects on the Incidence of Clover Flea (&lt;i&gt;Sminthurus viridis&lt;/i&Gt;) Damage on White Clover”. New Zealand Plant Protection 67 (January 8, 2014): 245–249. Accessed February 23, 2024.