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Improving control of whitefly

Organisations:

  • Horticultural Development Company
  • University of Greenwich
  • Elsoms Seeds

Project description

Current problem

Whitefly (Aleyrodes proletella) is becoming increasingly 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).

Technology/innovation

The overall aim of the current project 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.

Application/adoption/impact

In recent years the cabbage whitefly has caused considerable reductions to the quality and marketable yield of Brussels sprout and kale crops in particular. As control options are currently limited, additional options and information on how to use current control options more effectively will be very valuable to the industry.

Funding

Horticultural Development Company - FV 406a Brassicas: Improving control of whitefly

Associated projects

HDC Project

FV 406 - Brassicas: integrated management of whitefly (Aleyrodes proletella)

HDC PhD studentship

CP 091 - Biology of cabbage whitefly (Aleyrodes proletella)

Cabbage whitefly
 
Cabbage whitefly
 
Kale plots