Tomato potato psyllid: Insect found outside Perth quarantine zone on three commercial properties
Updated March 06, 2017 16:34:56
In a significant blow to the vegetable industry in Western Australia the tomato potato psyllid has been found in three regional locations outside of the Perth quarantine zone.
for two or more years," he said.
Tomato potato psyllid is an exotic plant pest which feeds on tomato, potato, capsicum, chilli, tamarillo, sweet potato and solanaceous weeds like nightshade, leading to loss of plant vigour and yield.
It was found in Australia for the first time in early February when it was discovered in a Perth vegetable crop.
Extensive monitoring and inspections by DAFWA revealed the sap sucking insect was in a number of locations across the metropolitan region, which was then placed under quarantine restrictions.
The Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA) chief plant biosecurity officer John van Schagen said he now suspects the psyllid could have been in the state for two or more years.
"Seeing it is right across the metropolitan area and now those regional areas it could mean that it's been here for two or more years," he said.