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Improving control of whitefly

    Current problem

    Whitefly (Aleyrodes proletella) can be difficult to control on kale and Brussels sprout in particular. It is not clear why this is the case, although outbreaks appear to be more severe in hot, dry years (2003, 2006 and 2010).


    The overall aim of the research is to improve understanding of the biology and ecology of cabbage whitefly to help growers minimise the development of whitefly infestations and control unacceptable infestations effectively. It focuses particularly on the assessment of novel methods of control and on the timing of the most promising of these together with existing treatments.

    Associated projects

    AHDB Project

    FV 406 - Brassicas: integrated management of whitefly (Aleyrodes proletella)Link opens in a new window

    PhD project - Spencer Collins

    The biology and ecology of Aleyrodes proletella, the Cabbage Whitefly; a pest of Brassica crops