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Transmitting Plant Viruses Using Whiteflies

Transmitting Plant Viruses Using Whiteflies

Article DOI: 10.3791/4332-v 10:22 min November 8th, 2013
November 8th, 2013



Improving our understanding of and our ability to manage many of the insect-transmitted plant viruses requires the use of the vector. Insect transmission of plant viruses is a tritrophic interaction, and as such requires the manipulation of insects, virus, and plant. Vectors must be reared in large numbers and manipulated in such a way as to insure high rates of transmission to test plants. The basics of rearing and manipulating the whitefly, Bemisa tabaci (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae), a vector of plant viruses belonging to several emerging plant virus genera, representing a large number of economically significant viruses is presented.


Whiteflies Plant Viruses Vectors Begomovirus Carlavirus Crinivirus Ipomovirus Torradovirus Transmission Acquisition Inoculation Feeding Probing Virus Cultures Biological Characterization Molecular Characterization Host Range Symptoms Ecology Management Chemicals Compounds Cultural Approaches Resistant Cultivars Breeding Programs
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