EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 09 - 1996 Num. article: 1996/170

Chlorotic streak of Capsicum annuum: new disorder induced by Bemisia tabaci biotype B

In summer 1994 in California (US), chlorotic streaking on fruit harvested from Capsicum annuum plants heavily infested with nymphs of Bemisia tabaci biotype B (also referred to as B. argentifolii, EPPO A2 quarantine pest) were observed. It has previously been reported that feeding by Bemisia tabaci biotype B causes toxicogenic disorders such as irregular ripening of tomato, stem blanching of Brassica spp. and silverleaf of squash. The authors have demonstrated that nymphs of B. tabaci biotype B were responsible for that disorder, but the number of whitefly nymphs per unit area or the length of feeding time necessary to induce this disorder have not yet been determined.


Summers, C.G.; Estrada, D. (1996) Chlorotic streak of bell pepper: a new toxicogenic disorder induced by feeding of the silverleaf whitefly, Bemisia argentifolii.
Plant Disease, 80(7), p 822.