The Bemisia tabaci species complex: Additions from different parts of the world

S. Firdaus, B. Vosman, N. Hidayati, E.D.J. Supena, R.G.F. Visser, A.W. van Heusden

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Bemisia tabaci is one of the most threatening pests in many crops. We sequenced part of the mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase I gene from fifty whitefly populations collected in Indonesia, Thailand, India and China. Nineteen unique sequences (haplotypes) of the cytochrome oxidase I were identified in these populations. They were combined with sequences available in databases, resulting in a total of 407 haplotypes and analyzed together with nine outgroup accessions. A phylogenetic tree was calculated using the maximum likelihood method. The tree showed that all groups that were found in previous studies were also present in our study. Additionally, seven new groups were identified based on the new haplotypes. Most B. tabaci haplotypes grouped based on their geographical origin. Two groups were found to have a worldwide distribution. Our results indicate that our knowledge on the species complex around B. tabaci is still far from complete.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)723-733
JournalInsect Science
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • mitochondrial-dna markers
  • hemiptera aleyrodidae
  • q-biotype
  • genetic differentiation
  • maximum-likelihood
  • b-biotype
  • populations
  • china
  • sternorrhyncha
  • geminiviruses


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