Industry Update 6 – Tomato Potato Psyllid (TPP)

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New detections

The Department of Agriculture and Food WA has confirmed 12 new detections of the tomato potato psyllid since the previous Industry Update on 1 March.

Total detections are now at 43, including 20 commercial properties.

Three of the new detections are in regional areas, including Gingin, Busselton and Yarloop. The detections were made in commercial capsicum, eggplant and potato crops.

Response to detections

Where the tomato potato psyllid is detected on a commercial property, a Pest Control Notice is issued to the property owner or occupier which provides direction to control the pest. Property owners are not able to move host material from the property without approval from the department.

The department is working with individual property owners on a treatment and inspection process which are appropriate to their business and to minimise the impact of these restrictions on individual businesses.

Quarantine Area Notice

A Quarantine Area Notice is currently in effect for the Perth metropolitan area to limit the spread of tomato potato psyllid.

The Notice imposes certain restrictions on the movement of commercially-grown vegetables and nursery stock, and other materials that could spread tomato potato psyllid, produced in the Quarantine Area (QA).

The current Quarantine Area extends to include Wanneroo in the north, Serpentine-Jarrahdale in the south and Mundaring in the east. The Quarantine Area boundaries may be extended based on the department’s surveillance results.

To view the current Quarantine Area Notice for the Perth metropolitan area, visit www.agric.wa.gov.au/tpp

Other response activities

Targeted surveillance is progressing as a priority.

Department officers have inspected more than 300 properties across the state, including 190 regional and 127 metropolitan properties.

More than 1200 surveillance ‘sticky’ traps have been have been installed across regional and metropolitan areas.

Testing is underway to determine whether the bacterium ‘Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum’, that is associated with the disease zebra chip, is present. It has not been found in any samples to date.

The department is working closely with the WA horticulture industry to minimise the impact of this pest.

Interstate trade

Please check the latest interstate trade requirements in relation to plant material from the Solanaceae or Convolvulaceae families.

Exporters should contact the Quarantine WA Exports Officer to verify export requirements:
P: 9334 1800
Fax: 9334 1880
Email: qa@agric.wa.gov.au

Check and report

Commercial vegetable producers are urged to check for signs of the psyllid and report via MyPestGuide Reporter app, email or phone.

Industry contacts for growers

Phone: 08 9481 0834
Email: office@vegetableswa.com.au

Potato Growers Association of WA
Phone: (08) 9481 0834
Email: potatoes@vegetableswa.com.au

Nursery and Garden Industry Western Australia
Matthew Lunn, Chief Executive Officer
Phone: 0410 714 207
Email: matthew@ngiwa.com.au 

Department of Agriculture and Food, WA
Rohan Prince, Industry Liaison
Phone: 0429 680 069
Email: rohan.prince@agric.wa.gov.au

Further information and general enquiries

  • More information, including how to look for and report the pest, is available from the department website www.agric.wa.gov.au
  • Pest and Disease Information Service
    Phone: 1800 084 881
    Email: info@agric.wa.gov.au

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