Grow­ers ad­vised to re­main vig­i­lant

The Tatura Guardian - - News - For more in­for­ma­tion on the re­stric­tions of the move­ment of TPP host ma­te­rial into Vic­to­ria phone an Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria plant stan­dards of­fi­cer on 136 186 or email

Vic­to­rian hor­ti­cul­tur­ists are be­ing urged to im­ple­ment best-prac­tice biose­cu­rity mea­sures fol­low­ing out­breaks of Tomato Po­tato Psyl­lid (TPP) in West­ern Aus­tralia.

Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria chief plant health of­fi­cer Dr Gabrielle Vi­vian-Smith said there had been no con­firmed re­ports of TPP in Vic­to­ria, but the state had im­posed re­stric­tions on the im­por­ta­tion of any risk ma­te­rial from West­ern Aus­tralia as a pre­cau­tion.

The re­stric­tions ex­tend to plant or plant prod­uct be­long­ing to the fam­ily Con­volvu­laceae or the fam­ily Solanaceae.

These fam­i­lies in­clude plants, such as sweet pota­toes, cap­sicums, toma­toes, egg­plants, pota­toes, tamar­il­los, and chill­ies.

Dr Vi­vian-Smith said TPP was a small sap-suck­ing, winged in­sect, which re­sem­bled a tiny ci­cada (3 mm long) and caused yel­low­ing of the leaves, wilt­ing, mis­shapen fruit and re­duced crop yield.

‘‘A no­tice­able sign is the pres­ence of small in­sects jump­ing from the fo­liage when dis­turbed,’’ she said.

TPP can also trans­mit a bac­terium, which does not pose a risk to hu­man health and it has not been de­tected in Vic­to­ria.

Grow­ers are ad­vised to re­main vig­i­lant and to reg­u­larly check their crops.

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