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Insects 2013, 4(2), 198-205; doi:10.3390/insects4020198

Update on the Status of Bemisia tabaci in the UK and the Use of Entomopathogenic Fungi within Eradication Programmes

The Food and Environment Research Agency, Sand Hutton, York YO41 1LZ, UK
Received: 22 March 2013 / Revised: 17 April 2013 / Accepted: 13 May 2013 / Published: 16 May 2013
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Abstract

The sweetpotato whitefly Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) continues to be a serious threat to crops worldwide. The UK holds Protected Zone status against this pest and, as a result, B. tabaci entering on plant material is subjected to a policy of eradication. Both B and Q Bemisia biotypes are now regularly intercepted entering the UK. With increasing reports of neonicotinoid resistance in both these biotypes, it is becoming more problematic to control/eradicate. Therefore, alternative means of control are necessary. Entomopathogenic fungi (Lecanicilllium muscarium and Beauveria bassiana) offer much potential as control agents of B. tabaci within eradication programmes in the UK.
Keywords: Beauveria bassiana; Bemisia tabaci; biological control; Lecanicillium muscarium Beauveria bassiana; Bemisia tabaci; biological control; Lecanicillium muscarium
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Cuthbertson, A.G.S. Update on the Status of Bemisia tabaci in the UK and the Use of Entomopathogenic Fungi within Eradication Programmes. Insects 2013, 4, 198-205.

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