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The Importance of Maintaining Protected Zone Status against Bemisia tabaci

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Fera, Sand Hutton, York YO41 1LZ, UK
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Natural Resources Institute Finland, Tietotie 2C, Jokioinen FI-31600, Finland
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Insects 2015, 6(2), 432-441; https://doi.org/10.3390/insects6020432
Received: 13 February 2015 / Revised: 22 April 2015 / Accepted: 5 May 2015 / Published: 11 May 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pest Control in Glasshouses)
The sweetpotato whitefly, Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) is a major pest of economically important crops worldwide. Both the United Kingdom (UK) and Finland hold Protected Zone status against this invasive pest. As a result B. tabaci entering these countries on plants and plant produce is subjected to a policy of eradication. The impact of B. tabaci entering, and becoming established, is that it is an effective vector of many plant viruses that are not currently found in the protected zones. The Mediterranean species is the most commonly intercepted species of B. tabaci entering both the UK and Finland. The implications of maintaining Protected Zone status are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: Bemisia tabaci; eradication; protected zone Bemisia tabaci; eradication; protected zone
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Cuthbertson, A.G.S.; Vänninen, I. The Importance of Maintaining Protected Zone Status against Bemisia tabaci. Insects 2015, 6, 432-441.

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