Events, Pests and Diseases, Research

Tasmania: Expert to share knowledge on tomato-potato psyllid at research event

The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture’s Forthside Vegetable Research Facility will be opening its doors on Tuesday November 24 for its annual open day. The event will include field walks, presentations and displays from Irrisys, RMCG, Philmac, Second Bite, BMS LaserSAT and more. The event is open to anyone to attend. One highlight of the day will be TIA entomologist Dr Paul Walker, who is flying down from New South Wales for the event to share his knowledge with attendees about the tomato-potato psyllid (TPP). TPP is a small flying insect that is responsible for carrying and spreading the bacteria that causes Zebra chip disease in potatoes. The disease produces dark brown stripes in potato tubers and renders them unusable. Despite an increasing threat of invasion, a national surveillance program led by TIA has found mainland Australia and Tasmania are still free of an insect pest that has devastated potato crops in New Zealand. More

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