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Detection of Bactericera cockerelli (Tomato-potato psyllid) in Western Australia

Publication Date
Thu, 16 Feb 2017, 06:30
Last Updated
July 6, 2023, 5:56 a.m.
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Pest Id
Bactericera cockerelli - (PARZCO)
Report Status
Wide host range in Solanaceae including commercial species such as: Capsicum annuum (capsicum), Capsicum frutescens (chilli), Nicotiana tabacum (tobacco), Solanum lycopersicon (tomato), Solanum melongena (eggplant), Solanum tuberosum (potato). Additional hosts also exist in the Convolvulaceae family such as: Ipomoea batatas (sweet potato).
Pest Status (old values from ISPM 8 -1998 )
  • Present: except in specified pest free areas
  • Present: subject to official control
Pest Status (ISPM 8 - 2021)
  • Present: except in specified pest free areas
  • Present: not widely distributed and under official control
Geographical Distribution
In February 2017, B. cockerelli was reported from near Perth, Western Australia. B. cockerelli has previously (in February 2014) been detected in Norfolk Island.

Eradication of B. cockerelli from Western Australia is not considered technically feasible and will transition to a management phase, limiting and managing the impact of the tomato-potato psyllid. The bacterium that causes zebra chip, Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum has not been detected in Australia. Surveillance for the bacterium is continuing.

Movement restrictions are in place for host material from Western Australia and Norfolk Island to the other states and territories in Australia. The absence status of B. cockerelli from the remaining Australian states and territories is supported by surveillance undertaken by each state and territory.

B. cockerelli (Tomato-potato psyllid) is a significant pest of Solanaceous crops and is no longer eradicable from Western Australia after being initially reported in February 2017. B. cockerelli is subject to official control in Western Australia and Norfolk Island. Tomato-potato psyllid is absent from all other Australian states and territories.
Contact for info
Australian Chief Plant Protection Officer Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources GPO Box 858 Canberra ACT 2601 [email protected]
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