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The effects of heat shock on survival and reproduction of two whitefly species, Trialeurodes vaporariorum (Westwood) and Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) biotype B (Homoptera: Aleyrodidae), were compared in the laboratory. Whitefly adults were exposed to 26 (control), 37, 39, 41, 43 and 45°C for 1 hour, and were then maintained at 26°C. Adult survival was significantly affected when they were exposed at 41°C or higher for B. tabaci or 39°C or higher for T. vaporariorum. All males of T. vaporariorum were killed at 45°C. In both whitefly species, females were more tolerant to high temperatures at 39°C or higher than males. Female fecundity was not significantly different when B. tabaci adults were heat-shocked at all temperatures. In contrast, the fecundity of T. vaporariorum females declined with the increase of temperature, and only a few eggs were oviposited at 43°C. Survival or hatch rates of the F1 nymphs of both whitefly species declined as heat-shock temperature increased, and no T. vaporariorum nymphs were hatched at 43°C. Similarly, percentages of F1 offspring developing to adults for both whitefly species also declined as the heat-shock temperature increased. Sex ratios of the F1 offspring were not significantly affected for T. vaporariorum but were slightly affected for B. tabaci at 43 and 45°C. The significance of heat shock in relation to dispersal, distribution and population dynamics of the two whitefly species is discussed.
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