New Quarantine Area Notice for TPP
A Quarantine Area Notice (QAN) is in place to contain and control the Tomato potato psyllid (TPP) in Western Australia.
A new QAN with revised conditions is in effect from 1 November 2017. This replaces the previous QAN which expired on 31 October 2017.
The new QAN was developed in consultation with WA’s horticultural industry and applies to commercially-produced and home-grown host plants or nursery stock grown within the Quarantine Area.
The Quarantine Area includes the Perth metropolitan area and the local government areas outlined below.
The QAN aims to provide a consistent approach where TPP is present, and strengthen efforts to limit its spread into horticultural production areas in regional Western Australia.
What has changed?
The new QAN refines and simplifies previous control measures.
Movement and treatment conditions only apply to host plants from the QAN and not to host fruit and vegetables, or machinery and equipment.
Prescribed treatment is required for host plants, such as seedlings or nursery stock, where they are moving from within the Quarantine Area to Specified local government areas in Western Australia.
The Specified local government areas are important horticulture areas in which TPP has not been detected, and include:
What areas are included in the Quarantine Area?
The Quarantine Area includes the Perth metropolitan area and the local government areas listed below:
A map of the Quarantine Area is also available here.
Commercial treatment guidelines
Commercial treatment guidelines are outlined in the published Quarantine Area Notice.
Additional treatment guidelines will be provided in the ‘Approved manner of preparation for movement from the TPP Quarantine Area’ available at www.agric.wa.gov.au/tpp
More information on the QAN
See the Frequently Asked Questions on QAN here.
A community surveillance program is underway as part of the TPP Transition to management plan, led by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD).
More than 1000 residential properties in and around the Perth metro area will host a ‘sticky trap’ in their garden this spring.
Each trap will be inspected by department entomologists and any psyllids collected will be tested for the bacterium Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum (CLso).
Testing of more than 7000 psyllids is required to determine a high level of confidence about the presence or absence of CLso in WA.
There have been no detections of CLso in WA to date.
Check and report
Commercial growers are encouraged to check for, and report sightings of unusual insects or damage to their plants through the MyPestGuide reporter app or by contacting the department on 1800 084 881.
Good farm biosecurity procedures should be in place to prevent the entry, establishment and spread of pests and diseases. More information on biosecurity is available at the Farm Biosecurity website www.farmbiosecurity.com.au.
Contacts for growers
Phone: 08 9481 0834
Potato Growers Association of WA
Phone: (08) 9481 0834
Nursery and Garden Industry Western Australia
Matthew Lunn, Chief Executive Officer
Phone: 0410 714 207
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
Rohan Prince, Industry Liaison
Phone: 0429 680 069