Surveillance for Tomato Potato Psyllid wraps up
16 June 2017
Agriculture Victoria is wrapping up its surveillance for Tomato Potato Psyllid (TPP) as the winter months approach.
Chief Plant Health Officer Dr Gabrielle Vivian-Smith said there have been no confirmed reports of TPP in Victoria.
Dr Vivian-Smith said surveillance for TPP would resume in spring and continue into summer, with a focus on field tomato and potato growers.
"Our Biosecurity Officers have made good progress with the surveillance effort and I would like to thank all growers and industry partners who have worked productively with us so far."
The surveillance of field crops, glasshouses and nurseries will provide assurance that Victoria remains free of TPP and will validate the state's 'area freedom' certificate, supporting access to interstate markets.
Agriculture Victoria is continuing to survey produce entering the Melbourne Market and Vegetable Market and the Melbourne Wholesale Flower Market, as well as targeted compliance patrol visits to businesses trading in host fruit and vegetables and nursery stock in both metropolitan and regional Victoria.
Dr Vivian-Smith said the recent detections of TPP in Western Australia should serve as a sharp reminder to all growers of the importance of best practice biosecurity protocols to protect Victoria from plant pest and disease incursions.
"Victorian horticulturists are advised to implement best practice biosecurity measures and to regularly check their crops."
Victoria has imposed restrictions on importing any risk material, including plant or plant product, from Western Australia as a precaution.
TPP affects plants belonging to the Solanaceae family, which includes capsicums, tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, tamarillos, and chillies. TPP can also affect plants from the Convolvulaceae family, which includes sweet potato, and the Brassica family.
TPP can also transmit a bacterium called CLso (Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum) that is associated with the zebra chip disease in potato. The bacterium can also cause stunting, stem death, yellowed leaves and yield losses in capsicums, chillies and tomatoes.
The bacterium does not pose a risk to human health and it has not been detected in Victoria.
Growers and community members are reminded that it is an offence under the Plant Biosecurity Act 2010 not to report a suspected TPP outbreak to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline by calling 1800 084 881 or Agriculture Victoria by calling 136 186 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agriculture Victoria is using best practice diagnostic protocols through our state accredited laboratory AgriBio at La Trobe University to test the plant samples.
For more information on the movement of TPP host material into Victoria, please read the latest Industry Notice or contact our local Agriculture Victoria Plant Standards Officer by telephone on 136 186 or emailing email@example.com.
A Fact Sheet is also available to help growers identify TPP and the noticeable signs of infestation on plants and crops.
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