New Invasive Aphid Found in SC

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Additional comments from Dr. Reay-Jones:  “Not a whole lot is known right now about this species. It appears to prefer small grain crops and it can transmit barley yellow dwarf virus. The closest infestations reported are from Alabama. While it’s been found in some wheat and oat fields in Alabama, it hasn’t yet become a major issue over there. So it’s hard to predict how much of an issue this insect will be for us. Please keep an eye out for this aphid. It’s easy to identify and fairly distinct from other aphids found in wheat. There is no official common name, though the hedgehog grain aphid has been suggested.”

PDF of alert with working links:  Sipha_maydis_pest_alert

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