Category Archives: silverleaf whitefly

How to check for parasitism in whitefly populations.

We have fielded numerous enquiries this week from consultants who would like to assess levels of whitefly parasitism. This is achievable in the field with the use of a hand lens. Parasitism levels appear to be a little down from last year, but still good levels have been recovered. Parasitism so far has ranged from 50-90% in Emerald, 35% in… Read more »

Dealing with chemical shortages for whitefly management – Zara Ludgate

We have received numerous enquiries about whitefly in the last week especially from the MacIntrye and Lower Namoi areas. Shortages of chemicals to control whitefly is currently of major concern to many growers and consultants in this region. Many enquiries also relate to species identification. Whitefly samples identified from the MacIntyre and Lower Namoi areas have been 100% B biotype… Read more »

New whitefly found!

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Detection of Q biotype Bemisia tabaci in Australia The presence of Q biotype Bemisia tabaci species complex in Australia has been confirmed by Dr Robin Gunning, NSW DPI. Q biotype was collected from vegetables in the Bowen/Burdekin region during late 2008, as well as from cotton in southern Queensland (Goondiwindi) and north-western NSW (Wee Waa) during 2009. It is likely… Read more »

Silverleaf whitefly update

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There are reports of large infestations of silverleaf whitefly (SLW) from the Narrabri/Moree region. Exponential growth in whitefly numbers coupled with honeydew on leaves indicates that the whitefly are probably SLW and not East Australian native Bemisia or Greenhouse whitefly (GHW). It is thought that increased host plant availability from a wet winter/spring, warm conditions and a decline in natural… Read more »

Silverleaf whitefly in cotton – an update

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Silverleaf whitefly (SLW) is a serious pest of cotton. It reduces yield and quality of cotton due to feeding damage and excretion of honey dew. It is a difficult pest to manage due to its ability to rapidly increase in numbers and the development of resistance to many insecticides. Resistance testing for the 2007-08 season indicated no alarming results for… Read more »

Whitefly management options

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In the last week, reports from the Downs are suggesting that silverleaf whitefly (SLW) numbers have increased rapidly, and now there are a number of fields that have a population at or exceeding the treatment threshold. This posting has been compiled from information and discussion with Richard Sequeira (Principal Entomologist, Emerald) and Paul Grundy (Senior Entomologist, Ayr) who have considerable… Read more »

Whitefly Update

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Reports of increasing numbers of whitefly are filtering in from across the Downs. In some cases, numbers are sufficient to suggest that control of Silverleaf Whitefly (SLW) may be warranted. Correct identification and regular monitoring of populations is essential to determine if intervention is necessary. Which whiteflies are out there? Results of whitefly samples identified from Downs cotton crops this… Read more »

Whitefly in crops this season

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There is an increasing number of reports of whitefly in cotton crops on the Downs. Typically, whitefly start appearing in crops in mid to late summer, once populations have built up on weed hosts or other host crops (e.g. sunflower) adjacent to cotton crops.So far this season we have been able to make collections of whitefly adults and immatures (scale)… Read more »

St George growers meet to discuss area-wide SLW management

On Friday August 10, St George growers and agronomists met to discuss strategies to manage the Silverleaf whitefly population in the irrigation area. Over the past two seasons, a number of cotton fields in St George have been treated for SLW. Last year more fields were treated earlier, and required a second treatment. It is clear that SLW is now… Read more »