Submitted to: Florida Entomological Society Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract only
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/17/2013
Publication Date: 7/15/2013
Citation: Xiao, Y., Osborne, L., McKenzie, C.L., Kumar, V., Chen, J., Taravati, S. 2013. Giant whitefly (Aleurodicus dugesii) as a surrogate for evaluating the parasitoid wasp (Encarsiella noysei) for biological control of Rugose spiraling Whitefly (Aleurodicus rugioperculatus [abstract]. Florida Entomological Society Annual Meeting. Paper No. 16. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Both Giant whitefly (GW), Aleurodicus dugesii and Rugose Spiraling Whitefly (RSWF), Aleurodicus rugioperculatus, are whitefly pests in Florida landscapes. Giant whitefly was first discovered in Florida in 1996 while Rugose Spiraling Whitefly was discovered in March 2009. To develop a rearing system for the parasitoid (Encarsiella noysei) for release against the RSWF, we needed to know more about the biology of the GW and this parasitoid. The experiments we have conducted include: (a) life cycle studies of GW whitefly (non-parasitized and parasitized) on major host plants; (b) evaluated parasitism and determined host stage or preference of the parasitoid on various host plants grown under greenhouse conditions.