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Subject: First report of the whitefly Bemisia afer as a pest in the Americas
Date posted: August 30, 2001
Source: Florida Entomologist (84): 316-317

An outbreak of the whitefly Bemisia afer sens. lat. on sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas) was reported from the central coast of Peru in the 1997-98 growing season, representing the first outbreak of this species in an agricultural situation in the Americas. It had been previously considered a common and widespread pest in a number of countries in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Australia. It had also been found in Belize and on plants from Honduras, Mexico and El Salvador, but had never been reported to be a pest on the American continent. For more details see the June 2001 issue of the Florida Entomologist.