Zebra chip pathogen found in Western Canada for the first time
October 23, 2017
For the first time, evidence of the zebra chip pathogen has been found in potato fields in southern Alberta, but the University of Lethbridge’s Dr. Dan Johnson cautions against panic.
Mexico: Zebra Chip-tolerant potatoes for the fresh market
September 21, 2017
Researchers from the University of California Riverside and INIFAP (Mexico) identify four potato lines with increased tolerance to Zebra Chip disease
Only a matter of time before the potato psyllid arrives in East Australia, says researcher
September 05, 2017
Raylea Rowbottom, a researcher of the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture says it's inevitable that the potato psyllid, a destructive insect that has threatened tomato and potato crops in Western Australia will make it to the east coast.
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.
University of Idaho reports light potato psyllid pressure
July 03, 2017
Pressure from the tiny, winged insects that spread zebra chip disease in potatoes has been light in Idaho this season, emboldening some Idaho farmers to scale back on their pesticide programs.
Potatoes in the Mediterranean at low risk for infection by Zebra Chip disease.
May 03, 2017
Despite the fact that the bacteria responsible for zebra chip disease occur in the Mediterranean and cause damage in leek and onions, the risk for transfer to potatoes is low, because of the feeding preferences of the transmitting psyllids in this area.
West Australian potato farmers prepare to leave industry because of psyllid outbreak
May 02, 2017
Alan Parker looked out onto the farm business he had spent his entire life establishing. The West Australian seed potato grower will know in the next six weeks whether his lifelong career will continue.
West Australia moves from Potato Psyllid Eradication to Control
April 27, 2017
Potato Psyllids, a destructive plant pest found for the first time in Australia in February cannot be eradicated, so the industry will seek to manage it, rather than destroy it, according to The Department of Food and Agriculture of West Australia.
Variety screening reveals potatoes with resistance to zebrachip disease
April 23, 2017
The Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant pathology team intentionally infected potato plants with psyllids positive with the bacterium that causes zebra chip disease, in order to identify promising germplasm in the battle against the disease plaguing the US potato industry for the past 15 years.
Neonicotinoid insecticides losing efficiency in potato psyllid control
April 02, 2017
The potato industry may be losing a mainstay in the battle against psyllids, according to a recent Texas A&M AgriLife Research study.