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African Crop Science Journal
African Crop Science Society
ISSN: 1021-9730
EISSN: 2072-6589
Vol. 2, No. 4, 1994, pp. 437-448
Bioline Code: cs94055
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Crop Science Journal, Vol. 2, No. 4, 1994, pp. 437-448

 en Bemisia Tabaci: The Whitefly Vector of Cassava Mosaic Geminiviruses in Africa: An Ecological Perspective
Legg, J.P.

Abstract

The ecology of the Bemisia tabaci/cassava/African cassava mosaic virus (ACMV) pathosystem is reviewed briefly with special attention given to the parameters affecting the pattern of population development of B. tabaci. Significant gaps in our understanding of this system remain, particularly concerning the importance of interactions of B. tabaci with other arthropod pests of cassava and the influence of ecological factors such as soil nutrients indirectly through their effects upon cassava. A holistic ecological approach to future work on B. tabaci as vector of ACMV is proposed.

Keywords
Cassava, whitefly vector, Bemisia tabaci, ecology, African cassava mosaic virus disease

 
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