Do you have family or friends in Adelaide who would like to help strengthen SA’s biosecurity surveillance system?
PIRSA is looking for volunteers to help monitor for tomato potato psyllid (TPP), a major horticultural pest.
Volunteers will be given a free tomato, capsicum or chilli plant which they get to keep, along with a TPP insect trap. PIRSA needs up to 200 volunteers who:
- Live around the Adelaide metropolitan area; and
- Can pick up and drop off the traps at least once every two weeks.
TPP (Bactericera cockerelli), is one of the world’s most destructive pests that affects Solanaceous crops like tomato, potato, eggplant, capsicum, and chilli.
While TPP has not been detected in South Australia or other eastern states, it is an established pest in Western Australia. Targeted surveillance of the pest is vital for early detection and supports access for our state’s horticultural industry to export markets.
The program will run from 3 November to 1 December 2020.