Biosecurity

Population growth, increased trade and passenger volume, and increasing imports from a number of countries are increasing biosecurity risk despite Australia’s geographical isolation. The Australian vegetable industry’s response to this increased risk includes investment in planning programs which build resilience to exotic pest and disease incursion.

Biosecurity planning provides a mechanism for the vegetable industry, government and other relevant stakeholders to actively determine pests of highest priority, analyse the risks they pose and put in place procedures to reduce the chance of pests becoming established - and to minimise the impact if a pest incursion occurs.

Risk minimisation and effective threat response procedures are vital for the future sustainability and viability of the Australian vegetable industry. Through pre-emptive planning, the industry will be better placed to maintain domestic and international trade, negotiate access to new overseas markets, and reduce the social and economic costs of pest and disease incursion on growers and the wider community.

 

Biosecurity Alert:

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) is undertaking surveillance in commercial crops and backyard gardens in the Perth area, following the confirmed detection of tomato potato psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli).

The tomato potato psyllid can significantly impact production, attacking a range of plants in the Solanaceae family including potato, tomato, eggplant, capsicum and chilli. The tomato potato psyllid can carry the bacterium “Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum”, causing the ‘zebra chip’ disease in potato. Testing for the bacterium in underway.

 

Check your crops

WA Commercial growers are urged to check for signs of the psyllid and report any unusual detections to the department using the MyPestGuide Reporter app. Growers are advised not to spray specifically for the psyllid until their crops have been surveyed and appropriate chemicals for use have been identified.

 

How to report the pest

MyPestGuide Reporter app is available from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

This app is a photographic reporting tool which lets users take up to four photos, map pest observations and communicate directly with the department.

If you don’t have a mobile device you can add, view and report the pest via the department website agric.wa.gov.au Page 2 of 3

Alternatively, email your photo with your name and address to info@agric.wa.gov.au or contact the department’s Pest and Disease Information Service on 1800 084 881.

Practice sound farm biosecurity procedures to prevent the entry, establishment and spread of pests and diseases. More information on biosecurity is available at the Farm Biosecurity website farmbiosecurity.com.au

 

What action is being taken?

The Department of Agriculture and Food is working with the horticulture industry, including peak bodies, VegetablesWA, the Potato Growers Association of WA and AUSVEG to respond and minimise the tomato potato psyllid impact by: - undertaking surveillance in metropolitan and regional areas to determine spread, and - liaising with other State jurisdictions, the Federal department and industry through the Consultative Committee on Emergency Plant Pests.

AUSVEG is supporting DAFWA in their response, and a member of the AUSVEG team is currently on the ground in Western Australia sharing his expertise and his experience of dealing with this pest in New Zealand. 


Links

For more information, click any of the links below.

Industry Biosecurity Plan for the Vegetable Industry 

- click here to view/download

Industry Biosecurity Plan for the Potato Industry

- click here to view/download

Managing Farm Biosecurity in the Parsley Industry

- click here to view/download

Tomato-Potato Psyllid and Zebra Chip information sheet

- click here to view/download             

Farm Gate Biosecurity fact sheet

 

- click here to view/download

Pest disease & weed surveillance fact sheet 

- click here to view/downloa
 

Adaptive Area Wide Management of Qfly using SIT #1

- click here to view/download    
    
 

Adaptive Area Wide Management of Qfly using SIT #2

- click here to view/download 
 
 

Adaptive Area Wide Management of Qfly using SIT #3

- click here to view/download

 

Resistance Management Strategy for the green peach aphid in Bundaberg field vegetable crops

- click here to view/download  
 
 

Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus (CGMMV) National Management Plan

- click here to view/download 
 

FARM BIOSECURITY ACTION PLAN

 

 - click here to view/download 

Department of Agriculture and Food Industry Update

- click here to view/download

Department of Agriculture and Food Fact Sheet

- click here to view/download
 

Department of Agriculture and Food Biosecurity Alert

- click here to view/download

Department of Agriculture and Food MyPestGuide App

- click here to view
   


Vietnamese Links

For more information, click any of the links below.

Vietnamese
Biosecurity Booklet

- click here to view/download  

Vietnamese Pest Disease
Weed Surveillance

- click here to view/download

Vietnamese
Farm Gate Sign

- click here to view/download


Biosecurity Sign Links

For more information, click any of the links below.

English
Farm Gate Sign

- click here to view/download  

Khmer
Farm Gate Sign

- click here to view/download

Vietnamese
Farm Gate Sign

- click here to view/download