UK Risk Register Details for Bemisia tabaci non-European populations

Common Names

  • Cassava whitefly
  • Cotton whitefly
  • Sweet potato whitefly
  • Tobacco whitefly

Scenario and Pathways

Scenario for Risk Register

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  • Pest is introduced

Pathway Assessed for Entry to UK

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  • Plants for planting (except seeds bulbs and tubers)

Common Pathways

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This section is currently being developed as part of the next phase of the Risk Register.

Risk Ratings and Current Mitigations

Unmitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 4
Spread [1 - 5] 3
Impact [1 - 5] 5
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 5
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 20
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 100

Current Mitigations

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Key mitigation for pest

EU regulated pest and UK Protected Zone

Regulation

Surveillance

Industry Scheme

Contingency Plan

Awareness

Research

Mitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 2
Spread [1 - 5] 3
Impact [1 - 5] 5
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 5
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 10
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 50

Proposed Actions

Proposed Actions

Regulation

Deregulation

Management By Industry

Targeted Survey

PRA

Contingency Plan

Publicity

Research

Distribution and Pest Details

Distribution

Country Status Notes
Europe Present Cosmopolitan
United Kingdom Absent
North America Present Cosmopolitan
South America Present Cosmopolitan
Oceania Present Cosmopolitan
Africa Present Cosmopolitan
Asia Present Cosmopolitan

Type of Pest

  • Insect (Hemiptera)

Host or Industry at Risk

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Total protected cultivation

Major Hosts

  • Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) Moench
  • Arachis hypogaea L.
  • Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp./Huth
  • Capsicum annuum L.
  • Cucurbitaceae
  • Euphorbia pulcherrima Willd. ex Klotzsch
  • Gerbera jamesonii H.Bolus Ex Hook.F.
  • Glycine max (L.) Merr.
  • Gossypium L.
  • Hibiscus L.
  • Ipomoea batatas (L.) Poir./Lam.
  • Lactuca sativa L.
  • Majorana hortensis Moench
  • Manihot esculenta Crantz
  • Nicotiana Linnaeus
  • Phaseolus L.
  • Piper nigrum L.
  • Sinningia speciosa (Lodd.) Hiern
  • Solanum L.
  • Brassicaceae (family)
  • Fabaceae (family)

Threats to Protected Cultivation

  • Only protected crops

Forest Tree Pests and Pathogens

Further Information

PRA Availability

PRA not available

EU and EPPO Listing

EC IAI

Actions Indicated

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Action

Statutory action against findings. Need to update EU regulation to strengthen measures to inhibit introduction to UK glasshouses.

General Comments

Non-European populations of Bemisia tabaci pose an additional risk to European populations due to the potential for introducing non-European viruses.