Background and Objectives of the Symposium
The whitefly Bemisia tabaci species complex and the begomoviruses they transmit are devastating agricultural pests worldwide, and with the rapid and further invasions by some members of the whitefly species complex into new regions their impacts on human society are going to increase in the years to come. To help develop more effective management strategies to cope with the challenges created by these pests, we are required to know more of their biology, such as their taxonomy, and their interactions with each other as well as with other organisms. With the rapid developments in molecular biology and other related disciplines, opportunities are created to investigate challenging questions that are urgently needed to be answered.
The aims of this symposium include:
• To review the recent developments in research on Bemisia tabaci systematics and develop practical guidelines to facilitate research on the systematics and taxonomy of this species complex
• To assess the level of understanding on the whitefly-begomovirus-plant interactions and discuss strategies to facilitate research in this area
• To assess our understanding of the evolution of biological traits associated with invasion and pest status