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Breeding resistant alfalfa holds promise for silverleaf whitefly management

Authors

Larry R. Teuber
Michael E. Rupert
Larry K. Gibbs
Ken L. Taggard

Authors Affiliations

L.R. Teuber is Professor, Department of Agronomy and Range Science, UC Davis; M.E. Rupert is former Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Agronomy and Range Science, now Staff Research Associate, Department of Pomology, UC Davis; L.K. Gibbs is Staff Research Associate, Department of Agronomy and Range Science, Desert Research & Extension Center; K.L. Taggard is Staff Research Associate, Department of Agronomy and Range Science, UC Davis.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 51(3):25-29. DOI:10.3733/ca.v051n03p25. May 1997.

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Abstract

Since 1991, the silverleaf whitefly has caused serious damage to alfalfa production in the southern desert region. Reports from the Imperial County Agricultural Commissioner suggest that direct and indirect effects of the whitefly have caused average forage yields to decrease by 17%. Recently developed plant-breeding procedures are proving successful in developing genetic resistance to this insect. We expect to have adapted cultivars with silverleaf whitefly resistance available to growers by 2000.

Teuber L, Rupert M, Gibbs L, Taggard K. 1997. Breeding resistant alfalfa holds promise for silverleaf whitefly management. Hilgardia 51(3):25-29. DOI:10.3733/ca.v051n03p25
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