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Rare strain of whitefly poses severe threat to Florida’s $500 million tomato crop

Citrus greening ruins oranges. Nasty whitefly pillages tomato crops. FL ag gets no respect.

  • So far, the Florida Department of Agriculture has quarantined about five nurseries that have been infested with the Q-biotype whitefly.
  • “The whole (agriculture) system is on heightened alert for these whiteflies,” said Brown of the Florida Tomato Committee.
  • Rare strain of whitefly poses severe threat to Florida’s $500 million tomato crop 08/25/16 [Last modified: Thursday, August 25, 2016 10:10pm] Photo reprints | Article reprints
  • The new whitefly concern comes at a difficult time for Florida agriculture.
  • For the next two months, as the plants are in their early growth stages, they are most vulnerable to whiteflies and others pests, Diehl said.

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@VentureTampaBay: “Citrus greening ruins oranges. Nasty whitefly pillages tomato crops. FL ag gets no respect.”


A white-winged pest less than a millimeter long threatens to devastate Florida’s $500 million tomato crop — more than half of which comes from Hillsborough and Manatee counties.


Rare strain of whitefly poses severe threat to Florida’s $500 million tomato crop

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