Western Australia - Surveillance leads to new tomato potato psyllid pest detections
February 27, 2017
Tomato potato psyllid nymphs on the under side of a tomato leaf.
Surveillance by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) has confirmed further detections of the tomato potato psyllid in the Perth area.
New detections of the insect pest include commercial and backyard vegetable crops, a commercial nursery, and on seedlings at three retail outlets.
The department has moved quickly to restrict the movement of the host plants and any associated material, such as horticultural equipment, from the premises.
Department Chief Plant Biosecurity Officer John van Schagen said the department was tracing the recent movement of seedlings as a priority.
Tomato potato psyllid is an emergency plant pest, impacting Solanaceae plants including potato, tomato, eggplant, capsicum, chilli and tamarillos. It also attacks sweet potato.