Industry information

Commercial growers are advised to regularly check host crops for signs of the Tomato potato psyllid (TPP). If you suspect signs or symptoms of TPP, contact the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

Latest industry news

Industry Updates provide the latest information for industry and commercial growers about the management of TPP/CLso in Western Australia. 

Download the most recent Industry Update in English or Vietnamese.

Frequently Asked Questions are also available

Growers are reminded there is a Quarantine Area Notice currently in place to direct the movement and treatment of TPP host plants in Western Australia.

Check out this InfoVeg TV episode about the TPP Transition to management plan. Infoveg TV is produced by AUSVEG.

TPP control options for commercial growers

A number of pre-harvest control options are available to assist commercial growers with the management of TPP. Emergency permits were made available during the initial TPP response phase for use in host crops and nursery stock. 

Permits are available to download from the right hand side of this page. A summary of available permits according to the crop type and active ingredient is provided below.

Growers have a responsibility to ensure chemicals are used according to the label/permit instructions.

Crop

Active Ingredient

APVMA Permit Number

Potatoes

Abamectin

PER84249

 

Lambda-cyhalothirin

PER84249

 

Methomyl

PER84249

 

Spirotetramat

PER84245

 

Pyrethrin

PER84442

 

Spinetoram

PER84757

Potatoes (field only)

Sulfoxaflor

PER84743

     

Sweet Potatoes

Abamectin

PER84249

 

Bifenthrin

PER84249

 

Spirotetramat

PER84245

 

Pyrethrin

PER84442

 

Spinetoram

PER84757

Sweet Potatoes (field only)

Sulfoxaflor

PER84743

     

Tomato

Spirotetramat

PER84245

 

Pyrethrin

PER84442

 

Spinetoram

PER84757

Tomato (field and protected cropping systems)

Abamectin

PER84229

Tomato (field only)

Bifenthrin

PER84229

Tomato (field only)

Methomyl

PER84229

Tomato (field only)

Sulfoxaflor

PER84743

     

Capsicum

Spirotetramat

PER84245

 

Pyrethrin

PER84442

 

Spinetoram

PER84757

Capsicum (field and protected cropping systems)

Abamectin

PER84229

Capsicum (field only)

Bifenthrin

PER84229

Capsicum (field only)

Methomyl

PER84229

Capsicum (field only)

Sulfoxaflor

PER84743

     

Chilli Pepper

Spirotetramat

PER84245

 

Pyrethrin

PER84442

 

Spinetoram

PER84757

Chilli Pepper (field and protected cropping systems)

Abamectin

PER84229

Chilli Pepper (field only)

Bifenthrin

PER84229

Chilli Pepper (field only)

Methomyl

PER84229

Chilli Pepper (field only)

Sulfoxaflor

PER84743

     

Eggplant

Spirotetramat

PER84245

 

Pyrethrin

PER84442

 

Spinetoram

PER84757

Eggplant (field and protected cropping systems)

Abamectin

PER84229

Eggplant (field only)

Bifenthrin

PER84229

Eggplant (field only)

Methomyl

PER84229

Eggplant (field only)

Sulfoxaflor

PER84743

     

Other vegetables

Pyrethrin

PER84442

     

Fruiting vegetables (excluding sweet corn and cucurbits)

Spinetoram

PER84757

Fruiting vegetables (excluding sweet corn) – field only

Sulfoxaflor

PER84743

     

Root and tuber vegetables

Spinetoram

PER84757

Root and tuber vegetables (field only)

Sulfoxaflor

PER84743

     

Nursery stock – non-food (field and protected cropping systems)

Abamectin

PER84229

Nursery stock – non-food (field only)

Bifenthrin

PER84229

Nursery stock – non-food (field only)

Methomyl

PER84229

National plan to manage TPP/CLso 

The national Transition to management plan aimed to improve the capacity of the horticulture sector to manage TPP, and build confidence around the status of the bacterium Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum (CLso) associated with TPP. 

Transitioning to management followed national agreement TPP cannot be eradicated and efforts should focus on management.

The Transition to management plan was a national project seeking to benefit both Western Australia where TPP has been detected, and other states not yet managing TPP. The Western Australia Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development led the implementation of the plan, working closely with industry and the national TPP coordinator appointed through AUSVEG.

The plan included the following major activities:

  • targeted surveillance for TPP/CLso complex during Spring 2017 and Autumn 2018 in WA
  • scientific research to improve understanding of TPP, its biology and options for control
  • management of TPP through the development of national and enterprise management plans
  • market access and trade.

There have been no detections of CLso in Western Australia to date.

Other states around Australia have also implemented surveillance for TPP. To date, TPP has not been detected outside of Western Australia. 

The department is currently compiling the results from the Transition to management plan and will make these available to growers, industries, and state and federal governments as soon as possible. Outcomes from the Transition to management plan will help inform future TPP/CLso research, development and management strategies. 

Check and report

Commercial growers are encouraged to check for, and report sightings of unusual insects or damage to their plants.

Report suspect findings via web, phone or email:

  • Send a photo report via the MyPestGuide webpage
  • Email photos with your name, address and mobile number to padis@dpird.wa.gov.au
  • Call the Pest and Disease Information Service on 08 9368 3080

A Grower Guide on how to trap TPP on your property and send traps to DPIRD for analysis is available.

Interstate trade

Australia’s states and territories can apply movement conditions to material that could pose a quarantine risk to their jurisdiction. These conditions may apply to the movement of fruit, vegetables, nursery stock, flowers, plants, and seeds, or other risk pathways such as soil, timber, vehicles and machinery.

Movement conditions are applied to manage the quarantine risk of any pests and diseases that may be present on the produce. They can include specified treatments (e.g. washing procedures or chemical treatments), inspection of produce, state or area freedom certification, or other requirements. If a suitable treatment is not available, produce may be prohibited entry into that state or territory.

Please see the Market Access page for more information on interstate trade.

Farm biosecurity

Commercial growers should ensure good farm biosecurity procedures are in place to prevent the entry, establishment and spread of pests and diseases. More information on biosecurity is available at the Farm Biosecurity website.

Page last updated: Friday, 25 May 2018 - 10:23am