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Sweetpotato whitefly: prospects for biological control


Michael P. Parrelta
Tom S. Bellows
Raymond J. Gill
Judith K. Brown
Kevin M. Heinz

Authors Affiliations

M. P. Parrella is Professor and Chairperson, Department of Entomology, UC Davis; T. S. Bellows is Associate Professor, Department of Entomology, UC Riverside; R. J. Gill is Senior Research Entomologist, Insect Taxonomy Laboratory, CDFA; J. K. Brown is Research Professor, Departments of Plant Sciences/Plant Pathology, University of Arizona, Tucson; K. M. Heinz is Postgraduate Research Scientist, Department of Entomology, UC Davis.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 46(1):25-26. DOI:10.3733/ca.v046n01p25. January 1992.

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The damage to desert agricultural crops in Southern California and Arizona in fall-winter 1991 by the sweetpotato whitefly, Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) is unprecedented in the history of the South west. Damage estimates exceed $200 million for California alone with the complete loss of the fall and winter melon crop and major damage to many winter vegetables and other crops. Origins of the problem, and potential biological control agents, are discussed.

Parrelta M, Bellows T, Gill R, Brown J, Heinz K. 1992. Sweetpotato whitefly: prospects for biological control. Hilgardia 46(1):25-26. DOI:10.3733/ca.v046n01p25
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