Virus yellows group

The IIRB Virus yellows project group was established in 2018 to discuss alternatives to pest control and a prevention of the spread of virus yellows after the ban of neonicitinoids in several European countries and the limited availability via derogations in other countries. Neonicotinoids helped to prevent damage of sugar beets by soil pests and reduced aphid populations. Aphids, mainly Myzus persicae, are responsible for the spread of virus diseases in sugar beet.

Research approaches within IIRB


The group currently meets regulary via video conferences.

Virus Yellows Monograph

A synopsis of the research carried out on beet yellowing viruses and their vectors in Europe was edited by the IIRB in 1988. A copy of the document can be made available on demand.


  • online 20/01/2021
  • online 13/01/2021
  • online 18/12/2020
  • online 09/2020
  • online 06/2020
  • 2020 Brussels (B)
  • 2019 Leuven (B)
  • 2018 Tienen (B)
  • 2018 Dinteloord (NL)
  • 2018 Leuven (B)


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