Institute of Insect Sciences
College of Agriculture and Biotechnology
866 Yuhangtang Road, Hangzhou 310058,China
Vegetable crops suffer attack from a range of insect pests and pathogens. The abundance of these pests is affected by many biotic and abiotic factors. Understanding of the interactions between these factors in vegetable crop systems can facilitate development and implementation of effective integrated pest management programs that promote production efficiency and products safety.
We study the tripartite interactions between insect vectors, plant viruses and plants, and the multitrophic interactions between plants, phytophagous insects and natural enemies. Currently we focus on the invasive whiteflies and the viruses they vector, because these insects and plant viruses are among the most important pests of vegetable and many other crops in China and worldwide.
The whitefly Bemisia tabaci is a complex composed of over 30 cryptic species. We study their systematics, behaviour and interactions with plants and begomoviruses (more to Research)