EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 07 - 1995 Num. article: 1995/139

Bemisia tabaci biotype B is present in Australia

Bemisia tabaci biotype B (EPPO A2 quarantine pest) was detected in Australia for the first time in 1994-10. The insects were identified by esterase isoenzyme patterns and were collected from cucurbit crops in Darwin (Northern Territory) and in a nursery at Tamworth (New South Wales). These populations of whiteflies were able to induce symptoms of silverleaf on cucurbits. Preliminary in vitro studies suggested that these populations might be highly resistant to organophosphorus and carbamate insecticides.


Gunning, R.V.; Conde, B.D.; Byrne, F.J. (1995) Resistant B-biotype of Bemisia tabaci detected in Australia.
Resistant Pest Management Newsletter, PRC/IRAC, Michigan (US), 7(1), p 13.