CASE STUDY

Tomato potato psyl­lid

Central and North Rural Weekly - - NEWS -

SUM­MARY: This is an op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in an in­ter­ac­tive work­shop of fu­ture re­search and de­vel­op­ment needs and pri­or­i­ties for man­age­ment of bac­tericera cock­erelli, tomato potato psyl­lid (TPP), and the bac­terium that it vec­tors, can­di­da­tus liberib­ac­ter solanacearum (CLso).

This work­shop will be the first ma­jor out­put of the levy funded project MT16018 – Tomato Potato Psyl­lid (TPP) Na­tional Pro­gram Co-or­di­na­tor.

This three-year project will sup­port the fresh potato, pro­cessed potato, veg­etable and nurs­ery in­dus­tries to man­age the risk of tomato potato psyl­lid, through stake­holder co-or­di­na­tion.

The project will re­source a TPP pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor, work­ing with a steer­ing com­mit­tee, to en­sure a strate­gic TPP re­sponse is de­vel­oped and adopted in a co-or­di­nated fash­ion by all stake­holder groups in or­der to min­imise the ef­fects of this pest in Aus­tralia

As such, we are seek­ing to es­tab­lish a na­tional ac­tion plan to ad­dress the in­cur­sion of TPP into Aus­tralia in 2017.

Part of the plan is to iden­tify fu­ture re­search, de­vel­op­ment and ex­ten­sion needs.

This ses­sion will pro­vide sci­en­tists with the op­por­tu­nity to have in­put into the prepa­ra­tion of the re­search and de­vel­op­ment as­pects of the plan.

The strate­gic levy in­vest­ment project MT16018 – Tomato Potato Psyl­lid (TPP) Na­tional Pro­gram Co-or­di­na­tor is funded by potato pro­ces­sor, fresh potato and veg­etable re­search and de­vel­op­ment levies and con­tri­bu­tions from the Aus­tralian Govern­ment.

Hort In­no­va­tion is the grower-owned, not-for-profit re­search and de­vel­op­ment cor­po­ra­tion for Aus­tralian hor­ti­cul­ture.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RE­SEARCH: The tomato potato psyl­lid (TPP), a tiny sap-suck­ing in­sect, is a se­ri­ous con­cern for Aus­tralian hor­ti­cul­ture.

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