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Research Project: Mitigating High Consequence Domestic, Exotic, and Emerging Diseases of Fruits, Vegetables, and Ornamentals

Location: Subtropical Plant Pathology Research

Title: Role of the insect supervectors Bemisia tabaci and Frankliniella occidentalis in the emergence and global spread of plant viruses

Author
item Gilbertson, Robert - University Of California, Davis
item Batuman, Ozgur - University Of California, Davis
item Webster, Craig
item Adkins, Scott

Submitted to: Annual Review of Virology
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/16/2015
Publication Date: 11/16/2015
Citation: Gilbertson, R.L., Batuman, O., Webster, C.G., Adkins, S.T. 2015. Role of the insect supervectors Bemisia tabaci and Frankliniella occidentalis in the emergence and global spread of plant viruses. . 2:67-93. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-virology-031413-085410.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-virology-031413-085410

Interpretive Summary: This article in the Annual Review of Virology overviews the emergence of key species and groups of plant viruses that has been driven by insects. Factors that have led to the global pest status of two insect species and the multiple mechanisms by which plant viruses are transmitted are discussed. This review will be useful for research and regulatory scientists in the fields of virology, entomology and plant pathology.

Technical Abstract: The whitefly, Bemisia tabaci, and Western flower thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis, have become global insect pests and 'super' vectors of plant viruses during the past 10-20 years. The biology of these two insects species is discussed as it relates to the emergence of plant viruses, that have also become serious economic limitations to agriculture worldwide. Opportunities for both basic research and disease management are discussed.