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Pukekawa (NZ) trials to control the Potato Tuber Moth

Pukekawa (NZ) trials to control the Potato Tuber Moth

March 14, 2021
Two trials in Pukekawa, New Zealand, are showing some early promise for potato growers when it comes to greater control of the potato tuber moth, Phthorimaea operculella (PTM).
Potato mop-top virus response closes out

Potato mop-top virus response New Zealand 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.
Number of NZ potato farms affected by Potato mop-top virus increases by 18

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

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.
Do some potato-growing soils suppress powdery scab?

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.
Simplot wants to sell food products from GM Potatoes in Australia and New Zealand

Simplot wants to sell food products from GM Potatoes in Australia and New Zealand

July 06, 2017
JR Simplot has applied at FSANZ for approval to export genetically modified potato products into Australia and New Zealand. Unclear is what type of products this is about, but unprocessed potatoes can not be imported.
CRC develops new DNA methods to detect zebrachip bacteria in potato psyllids

CRC develops new DNA methods to detect zebrachip bacteria in potato psyllids

July 06, 2017
Plant Biosecurity CRC scientists have identified stable regions in the genome of Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum (CLso), which causes the serious disease Zebra Chip in potato and tomato crops. This research will provide new diagnostics that will significantly reduce uncertainty in biosecurity assessments.
Mesh cover highly effective at keeping pests off potatoes, Lincoln University researchers find

Mesh cover highly effective at keeping pests off potatoes, Lincoln University researchers find

March 15, 2017
In New Zealand, a team of Lincoln University researchers is impressed with the results from a trial of a mesh cover that is used to protect potato crops from insect pests.
Potatoes New Zealand joins government biosecurity initiative

Potatoes New Zealand joins government biosecurity initiative

December 12, 2016
Potatoes New Zealand became the 14th partner organisation to join the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response.
Biological control of Potato Psyllids by Parasitic Wasp approved by New Zealand Authority

Biological control of Potato Psyllids by Parasitic Wasp approved by New Zealand Authority

June 20, 2016
The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) of New Zealand has approved a type of parasitic wasp as a biological control agent to combat the tomato potato psyllid (a plant louse), which attacks tomatoes, potatoes, capsicums and tamarillos in the country.

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