National tomato potato psyllid (TPP) program coordinator (MT16018)
What’s it all about?
This project is responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of a national tomato potato psyllid (TPP) management strategy – essentially helping ensure research and development, engagement and other response efforts related to the pest across the various industries and areas it affects are coordinated, prioritised and strategic.
To this end, in October 2017, Alan Nankivell began in the role of national TPP program coordinator under the project – serving as a point of contact between the various TPP-affected industries, government and service providers, to help implement TPP management in Western Australia and to prepare eastern-state growers.
This investment is funded by the fresh potato, processing potato and vegetable industries.
The national tomato potato psyllid (TPP) coordinator has continued his role serving as a point of contact between the various TPP-affected industries, government and service providers, to help implement TPP management in Western Australia and to prepare eastern-state growers in case the insect spreads.
Under the draft National Management Plan for TPP, surveillance for the insect has continued in eastern states and trapping and testing for the pathogen CLso continues in Western Australia. CLso has still not been found in samples of the psyllid.
Following a research priorities workshop in September 2018, high priority research has been identified including finding suitable chemical and biological control options for TPP, and a plant diagnostic tool for detecting CLso.
As part of his role, the national TPP coordinator recently undertook a study trip to New Zealand to look at pest management practices. He reported on this trip, and learnings for the Australian potato industry, in a new article on p22 of the latest levy-funded Potatoes Australia magazine.
The coordinator is also providing updates on TPP through industry channels, including this update on the ‘transition to management’ plan for the pest, provided during February.
As well as looking at the above links, you can revisit info on the TPP coordinator and the project’s work here on p8 of the October/November 2017 edition of Potatoes Australia magazine. This flyer also gives a quick overview of the program.