Location: Vegetable Research
Project Number: 6080-22000-024-05-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Oct 1, 2011
End Date: Sep 30, 2015
Provide an understanding of any effect of global warming on the population and tolerance of Bemisia tabaci and its associated natural enemies.
Laboratory, experimental and on-farm sites will be used to conduct research on the influence of global warming on the sweetpotato whitefly and associated natural enemies. Environmental chambers will be used to see if high temperature tolerant populations of the whitefly and selected predators and parasitoids can be produced, and to evaluate the effect that heat shock may have on the biology of the insects. Historical weather data will be collected, and field populations, associated virus incidence, and current weather data will be monitored.