|Rosell, Rosemarie - UNIVERSITY OF ST THOMAS|
|Bagnall, Ruth Ann - UNIVERSITY OF ST THOMAS|
|Frohlich, Don - UNIVERSITY OF ST THOMAS|
Submitted to: Bemisia International Workshop Proceedings
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: October 6, 2006
Publication Date: December 3, 2006
Citation: Boykin, L.M., McKenzie, C.L., Rosell, R.C., Bagnall, R., Shatters, R.G., Frohlich, D.R. 2006. Out of Africa: diversity and host plant utilization in Sub-saharan Bemisia tabaci. Bemisia International Workshop Proceedings. Technical Abstract: The diversity of Bemisia tabaci in Sub-Saharan Africa is greater than in any other geographic location and suggests Sub-Saharan Africa is the likely evolutionary origin of the species. Sampling in Africa is now quite extensive and includes a number of studies that have analyzed host preference within a phylogenetic framework. None of these studies have used consistent nomenclature for the major groups or included all available sequences. We obtained all B. tabaci mitochondrial COI sequences in Genebank from Africa and analyzed them in a Bayesian framework. Herein, we describe a phylogenetic reconstruction and examine those relationships within the parameter of host plant utilization. Discussion of consistent nomenclature for these major clades in Sub-Saharan Africa will also be addressed.