Submitted to: Florida Entomological Society Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: June 7, 2005
Publication Date: July 27, 2005
Citation: Mckenzie, C.L., Albano, J.P. 2005. Does time of whitefly infestation affect the development of tomato irregular ripening disorder?. 88th Annual Meeting of the Florida Entomological Society. July 24-27. Ft. Myers, FL. Technical Abstract: Our objective was to determine if tomato irregular ripening disorder (TIR) will develop in a healthy plant that is introduced to whiteflies at different developmental stages of plant growth: 5-7 true leaf, flower, green fruit, and breaking red fruit. Time of whitefly infestation did not significantly affect the development of TIR when whiteflies were introduced at 5-7 leaf, flower or green fruit stages of plant growth (95 to 100% of the fruit developed TIR). Surprisingly, 80% of the plants infested at breaking red fruit stage also developed TIR.