Bemisia tabaci biotype MEAM1

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silverleaf whitefly, Bemisia tabaci biotype MEAM1
Author: Scott Bauer (USDA ARS)
Original source: Wikimedia Commons

Bemisia tabaci biotype MEAM1 - (silverleaf whitefly)

The biotype has been regarded by some authors as a separate species, Bemisia argentifolii. This name was established in 1993 and was in common use for about 10 years. The biotype is also called biotype B, but the name Middle East Asia Minor 1 (MEAM1) is now used by most authors.

It is widespread and highly polyphagous, infesting vegetables (e.g. Brassica spp., tomatoes, cucurbits and lettuce), ornamentals, cotton, alfalfa and other crops. Further, it is an important vector of plant diseases (e.g. tomato and cucurbit virus diseases). It is probably the most important of the Bemisia tabaci biotypes. This form is highly invasive and more competitive than the other biotypes.

Vernacular names
• English: silverleaf whitefly
• Español: mosca blanca de la hoja plateada
biotipo B de Bemisia tabaci
• Português: Bemisia tabaci biótipo B

Synonyms
Bemisia argentifolii
Bemisia tabaci biotype B
Bemisia tabaci biotype Middle East Asia Minor 1

For details on the biology of this species, see the species page for Bemisia tabaci.