Modeling the Relationship Between Transient Vector Densities and Plant Disease Incidence with Special Reference to Bemisia tabaci (Homoptera: Aleyrodidae) and Lettuce Infectious Virus Yellows

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Transient vectors (those that do not reproduce on the disease-affected crop) can cause difficulties in assessing potential crop losses to disease. A probability model is presented that relates density of transient vectors (over time) to disease incidence in the crop at harvest. The application of the model is illustrated with reference to Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius), an insect that vectors infectious virus yellow in lettuce in the Imperial Valley of California.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 1986

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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