WANG Hua-Ling

Postdoctoral Researcher

My studies focus on the characterization of mitochondrial genomes of the whitefly Bemisia tabaci and the phylogeny of B. tabaci species complex. I also investigate the expression profile of the mitochondrial genes and develop microsatellite markers based on the transcriptome dataset of whiteflies. The aim of my study covers three aspects: (1) to reveal the global relationship of B. tabaci cryptic species through integrated analyses on the complete mitochondrial genomes and some nuclear genes; (2) to compare the expression profiles of the mitochondrial genes between the native and invasive whitefly species; and (3) to apply the microsatellite technology in the analysis of genetic variation within and among the field populations of whiteflies. 

I obtained my BSc degree in Plant Protection from Qingdao Agricultural University in 2008, my MSc degree in Entomology from Fujian Agriculture & Forestry University in 2011, and my PhD degree in Entomology from Zhejiang University in 2014. During my MSc study, I focused on the biology of Fopius arisanus (Sonan), a parasitoid of fruit flies.


Research projects

The bacterial community of Bemisia tabaci cryptic species complex and coevolution of primary endosymbionts of Bemisia tabaci with their hosts. September 2015- December 2018.

Investigating the molecular systematics of Bemisia tabaci cryptic species complex using next-generation RAD sequencing. January 2016- December 2018.

Characterization of a newly discovered symbiont of the whitefly Bemisia tabaci (Hemiptera:Aleyrodidae). August 2016 – December 2018.

African cassava whitefly project: outbreak causes and sustainable solutions project. 2014-2018.




Mugerwa H, Seal S, Wang HL, Patel M, Kabaalu R, Omongo C, Titus Alicai, Tairo F, Ndunguru J, Sseruwagi P, Colvin J. 2018. African ancestry of New World, Bemisia tabaci-whitefly species. Scientific Reports 8, 2734.

Wang HL, Cui XY, Zhang ZH, Wang XW, Zhou XP and Liu SS. 2015. First Report of Sri Lankan cassava mosaic virus Infecting Cassava in Cambodia. Plant Disease doi:org/10.1094/PDIS-10-15-1228-PDN

Wang HL, Zhang Z, Bing XL, Liu YQ, Liu SS, Wang XW. 2015. A complete mitochondrial DNA genome derived from a Chinese population of the Bemisia afer species complex (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae), Mitochondrial DNA, doi:10.3109/19401736.2015.1066367

Wang HL, Yang J, Boykin ML, Zhao QY, Wang YJ, Liu SS, Wang XW. 2014. Developing conversed microsatellite markers and their implications in evolutionary analysis of the Bemisia tabaci complex. Scientific Reports 4:6351.

Wang HL, Xiao N, Yang J, Wang XW, Colvin J, Liu SS. 2014. The complete mitochondrial genome of Bemisia afer (Hemiptera:Aleyrodidae). Mitochondrial DNA. doi: 10.3109/19401736.2013.873921

Wang HL, Yang J, Boykin M L, Zhao QY, Li Q, Wang XW, Liu SS. 2013.The characteristics and expression profiles of the mitochondrial genome for the Mediterranean species of theBemisia tabaci complex. BMC genomics 14: 401.

Wang HL, Chen JH, Ji QE, Yang JQ, Wang B. 2011. Sublethal effects of spinosad on the parasitoid Fopius arisanus (Sonan). Chinese Journal of Tropical Crops 32: 490-494 (in Chinese with an English summary).

Wang HL, Chen JH, Ji QE, Yang JQ. 2010. The relations between the mortality and survival rate of Fopius arisanus (Sonan) and preservation temperature. Entomological Journal of East China 19: 264-268 (in Chinese with an English summary). 

Patents: Chen JH, Ji QE, Bi K, Wang SM, Wang HL, Wang Y, Guo JJ. Parasitic wasps vertical releaser. 2013.01.02.