Whitefly Threat has Florida Growers on High Alert

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Whiteflies on a leaf.According to UF/IFAS researchers, the notorious Q-biotype whitefly (aka, Mediterranean whitefly, Bemisia tabaci) is on the loose in the Sunshine State. The discovery marks the first time this particular species of whitefly has been found outside a greenhouse or nursery in the U.S. since it was identified on an ornamental plant in a greenhouse more than a decade ago.

Currently, the whitefly infestation is only in Palm Beach County –- for now. The Q-biotype whitefly is a threat to numerous Florida crops, such as tomatoes, squash, beans, watermelons and many other vegetables and ornamentals.