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

 
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Publication Date
Wed, 26 Jul 2017, 02:40
Last Updated
July 26, 2017, 2:40 a.m.
Report Number
AUS-78/1
Country
Australia
Pest Id
Bactericera cockerelli - (PARZCO)
Report Status
Preliminary
Hosts
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
  • Present: except in specified pest free areas
  • Present: only in some areas
  • Present: under eradication
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.
Summary

Bactericera cockerelli (Tomato-potato psyllid) is a significant pest of Solanaceous crops.

In February 2017 B. cockerelli was reported from Western Australia. The detection of B. cockerelli is under eradication and movement restrictions are in place where detections have been made. Testing is underway to determine whether Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum the bacterium that causes zebra chip is present. The bacterium has not been found in any samples taken to date.

B. cockerelli is absent from the remaining Australian states and territories as supported by Government surveillance conducted as part of the Multiple Pest Surveillance program

Danger
Bactericera cockerelli (Tomato-potato psyllid) is a significant pest of Solanaceous crops. In February 2017 B. cockerelli was reported from Western Australia. Where detections of B. cockerelli have been made, eradication and movement restrictions are in place. Previously, in February 2014, B. cockerelli was detected in Norfolk Island. Movement restrictions are in place from Norfolk Island to mainland Australia. B. cockerelli is absent from the remaining 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 IPPC.contactpoint@agriculture.gov.au
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