Potato mop-top virus response closes out
August 16, 2019
A joint Biosecurity New Zealand and Potatoes New Zealand response to the crop disease potato mop-top virus (PMTV) is being closed out, with industry taking the lead on long-term management.
Collaborative discussion between seed potato schemes
July 22, 2019
On 10 May, a meeting was held between AuSPICA, members of the Tasmanian Certified Seed Potato Scheme (known as TasSeed) and invited industry representatives.
Potato growers to learn about managing pests and diseases at Potato Industry R&D Forum
June 25, 2019
Australian potato growers keen to learn about the latest research for managing key pests and diseases on potato farms have an opportunity to listen to leading experts at a Potato Industry Research and Development (R&D) Forum in Melbourne this week.
Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN)-infested roots under high magnification. Cysts, the bodies of female nematodes containing nematode eggs, are initially yellow and darken with age.
May 13, 2019
Potato cyst nematodes (PCN) are quarantine soilborne pests that damage potatoes around the world, stunting plants and reducing yields.
All Australian markets reopened for WA seed and ware potatoes as surveillance shows potato psyllids not infected
December 21, 2018
The government of Western Australia has announced that it has succeeded in regaining market access for Western Australian potatoes in all of Australia, following the detection of tomato potato psyllid in February 2017.
Number of NZ potato farms affected by Potato mop-top virus increases by 18
October 14, 2018
The scale of the Potato Mop-Top Virus problem on New Zealand South Island potato farms has widened. Eighteen Canterbury farms are now on the suspect list, after the virus was first confirmed on two properties last month.
First time detection of Potato Mop-Top Virus (MPTV) in New Zealand
September 23, 2018
Biosecurity New Zealand is working with Potatoes New Zealand to respond to a detection of Potato mop-top virus (PMTV) in potato tubers in Canterbury. Though common around the world, it is the first time the virus has been found in New Zealand.
AUSVEG published a Potato Growers’ Biosecurity Manual
June 27, 2018
The Australian Industry Association AUSVEG has published a Potato Growers’ Biosecurity Manual, a guide to farm biosecurity measures to reduce the risk of weeds, pests, and diseases impacting production.
Do some potato-growing soils suppress powdery scab?
June 11, 2018
A research project in New Zealand is determining if different field soils affect development of powdery scab on potatoes, and whether soil physical, chemical and/or biological characteristics influence this important potato disease.
No Liberibacter (zebra chip pathogen) found in potato psyillids in Western Australia
May 08, 2018
In Western Australia, a surveillance program to assess if the last year detected tomato potato psyllid (TPP) carries the zebrachip disease pathogen (CLso), did not identify a single case of the pest - with over 10.000 psyllids tested.
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