Differentiation of Bemisia tabaci (Genn.) (Hom., Aleyrodidae) populations in Colombia uri icon


  • The present data on geographic differentiation of B. tabaci in Colombia, provide support to earlier reports that B. tabaci population in different parts of the world - in particular in South America - are biologically heterogeneous. The recent outbreaks of B. tabaci in Florida and the Caribbean, and the colonization of previously uninfested host plants, may be due to the spread of rare or new genetic variants.
  • We have shown in the first pan of this study (WOOL et al. 1993) that frequencies of electrophoretic variants at an Esterase locus in Israel are not the same in commercial, insecticide-treated fields as in samples from unsprayed sites. That result, coupled with the present data, indicates that subtle genetic variation exists in B. tabaci also in traits which are important for agriculture.
  • We obtained evidence for genetic differentiation (detected by electrophoresis) of geographical populations of the whitefly, Bemisia tabaci (Genn.), in Colombia. The differences are undetectable by conventional taxonomic characters bur are expressed at an esterase marker locus. There was no indication of host-race formation.

publication date

  • 1994
  • 1994