HG96016 - Research into Control of Silverleaf Whitefly

The key elements of the research were to determine the distribution and diversity of parasitoids of Bemisia tabaci already in Australia, to determine whether these parasitoids have the potential to control SLW, to produce user friendly keys with which to enable field researchers to identify SLW and to determine the biology of SLW and whether it can interbreed with the indigenous biotype of B.tabaci. The comparison of the biology of indigenous B.tabaci in Australia demonstrated that the Western Australian population was biologically and genetically distinct from the Eastern Australian population. This report attempts to explain why SLW has failed to become a serious problem in the cotton growing regions of NSW and QLD.