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Movement restrictions due to tomato potato psyllid in Western Australia

Staff Writer |
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is undertaking surveillance of Queensland crops - potato, tomato, eggplant, capsicum, chilli, sweet potato - following the detection of tomato potato psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli) in Western Australia.

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The tomato potato psyllid affects horticultural crops and is also capable of transmitting the bacterium CandidatusLiberibacter solanacearum, which causes the devastating plant disease known as zebra chip in potatoes.

As a result, movement restrictions now apply to those plants or plant material and associated media, machinery or equipment coming into Queensland, unless they meet certain conditions outlined in the Movement Control Order.

The Movement Control Order will stay in effect untill May 17 for three months unless revoked earlier.

New South Wales and South Australia have also implemented movement restrictions, with other jurisdictions following.

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