Whitefly infestations: The Christmas Invasion

  title={Whitefly infestations: The Christmas Invasion},
  author={Rex Dalton},
  • R. Dalton
  • Published 25 October 2006
  • Biology
  • Nature
The cheerful leaves of the poinsettia could be hiding an unwelcome visitor this festive season. Rex Dalton goes in search of the whitefly, a potentially devastating pest. 

Adult Bemisia tabaci biotype B can induce silverleafing in squash

Bemisia tabaci biotype B is one of three genetic groups able to induce silverleafing in squash but this physiological change was induced only through the feeding of juvenile whiteflies, and the response was density dependant.

The Feeding Rate of Predatory Mites on Life Stages of Bemisia tabaci Mediterranean Species

The sweetpotato whitefly Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) continues to be a serious threat to crops worldwide and there has recently been a shift from Middle East-Asia Minor 1 to the more chemical resistant Mediterranean species entering the UK.

Ecological Determinants of Bemisia tabaci Resistance to Insecticides

The global importance of Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) offers unique opportunities to examine patterns of infestation among diverse habitats and identify major factors that determine pest status. Its

Is agriculture driving the diversification of the Bemisia tabaci species complex (Hemiptera: Sternorrhyncha: Aleyrodidae)?: Dating, diversification and biogeographic evidence revealed

The analysis suggests that the major lineages within the B. tabaci complex arose approximately 60–30 mya and the highly invasive MED and MEAM1 split from the rest of the species complex around 12 mya well before the evolution of Homo sapiens and agriculture.

Demographic Trends in Mixed Bemisia tabaci (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) Cryptic Species Populations in Commercial Poinsettia under Biological Control- and Insecticide-Based Management

A survey of B. tabaci populations in commercial greenhouses in Ontario, Canada, provides evidence that under biological control-based management, Middle East Minor 1 can displace Mediterranean, whereas under insecticide- based management Mediterranean populations will persist.

Host plants and natural enemies of Bemisia tabaci (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) in China

Plants in the families Compositae, Cruciferae, Cucurbitaceae, Solanaceae and Leguminosae were the preferred host species for B. tabaci, which therefore suffered much damage from this devastating pest due to their high populations.

Whitefly interactions with plants.

Seasonal Distribution of Bemisia tabaci (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) MEAM1 Species and Impact on Incidence of Begomoviral Diseases in Baja California Sur.

Details of the distribution and occurrence of MEAM1 species and diversity of begomoviruses that could be useful in disease management in BCS and worldwide are provided.

The Whitefly Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius)

These research efforts have provided solid foundation for future investigations on the molecular mechanisms of whitefly invasions and are expected to open important avenues for the discovery of novel strategies for whitefly management in China.

Bemisia tabaci, the Capacity to Invade

The roles traits associated such as asymmetrical mating interference, competitive male behavior, host range, insecticide resistance and interactions with Begomoviruses play in the capacity of different members of the B. tabaci complex to invade are discussed.



Exploiting chinks in the plant's armor: evolution and emergence of geminiviruses.

The geminiviruses represent a family of DNA viruses that has circumvented these impediments to emerge as one of the most successful viral pathogens, causing severe economic losses to agricultural production worldwide.