Sweetpotato Whitefly, Drought Stress, and Leaf Silvering of Squash

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  • 1 University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural Research and Education Center, P.O. Box 248, Fort Pierce, FL 34954
  • 2 University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural Research and Education Center, P.O. Box 248, Fort Pierce, FL 34954

Summer squash (Cucurbita pepo L.) plants were grown in pots with high (290% capacity) or low (45% to 70% of capacity) soil moisture. The plants were exposed or not exposed to sweetpotato whiteflies (Bemisia tabaci Genn.). Only the plants exposed to whiteflies developed leaf silvering. Silvering was more severe in plants subjected to low soil moisture.

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On sabbatical. Permanent address: Dept. of Vegetable Crops, Agricultural Research Organization, Newe Ya'ar Experiment Station, P.O. Haifa, Israel.
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