Tomato Potato Psyllid – Industry Update 5

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Latest developments

Tomato potato psyllid (TPP) has been found on 31 properties across the Perth metropolitan area including 12 commercial horticulture properties, and in seedlings at three retail outlets.

Changes to the Quarantine Area Notice will come into effect tomorrow (2 March 2017). A key change is the responsibility is now with the consignor to prepare items to move outside the Quarantine Area (further details are below.)

New detections

New detections include commercial crops of chilli, capsicum and tomatoes across the Perth metropolitan quarantine area, and at a second commercial production nursery.

Where the psyllid is detected on a commercial property, a Pest Control Notice is issued to the property owner or occupier which provides direction on control of 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 update
Key changes to the Quarantine Area Notice will come into effect tomorrow (2 March 2017).

View the updated Quarantine Area Notice (from 2 March), FAQs and associated information at www.agric.wa.gov.au/tpp

What you need to know about the changes:
– The responsibility is with the consignor to prepare items to move outside the Quarantine Area (Clause 3).
– Preparation time changed to 60 hours rather than 48 hours for Occupational Health and Safety reasons surrounding re-entry periods (Clause 4.1).
– The chemical rate has been amended for ornamentals and nursery stock (Clause 4.1).

The main components of the notice remain the same, including:
– The Perth metropolitan area is declared a Quarantine Area.
– The Quarantine Area extends to include Wanneroo in the north, Serpentine-Jarrahdale in the south and Mundaring in the east.
– It applies to the movement of tomato potato psyllid hosts, such as seedlings and fruit of potato, tomato, pepper, paprika, capsicum, chilli, eggplant, and sweet potato.
– The Notice requires treatment of host material (plants/produce) and potential carriers before it can be moved outside of the Quarantine Area.

Approved treatments available for produce will be published on the department website.

Anyone moving host material or potential carriers from the Quarantine Area must be familiar with the record keeping requirements specified in the Notice.

Other response activities
Targeted surveillance activities are continuing.

In regional WA, surveillance activities are increasing, with 116 regional properties visited. TPP has not been detected in regional areas to date.

More than 1100 surveillance ‘sticky’ traps have been have been installed across regional and metropolitan areas.

Tomato potato psyllid and Zebra chip expert Dr Jessica Dohmen-Vereijssen from Plant and Food Research NZ has joined the response team for a week.

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.

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 (Ph: 9334 1800; Fax: 9334 1880: qa@agric.wa.gov.au) or to verify export requirements.

Check and report
Commercial vegetable producers are urged to check for signs of the psyllid.

Report any unusual detections to the department’s MyPestGuide Reporter app, website mypestguide.agric.wa.gov.au or by contacting the department’s Pest and Disease Information Service – info@agric.wa.gov.au or 1800 084 881.

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 at agric.wa.gov.au/tpp
 Pest and Disease Information Service Phone: 1800 084 881 Email: info@agric.wa.gov.au

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