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New Zealand Plant Protection 66 (2013): 349-355

A field trial to assess action thresholds for management of Bactericera cockerelli in main crop processing potatoes at Pukekohe

G.P. Walker, F.H. MacDonald, A.J. Puketapu, P.J. Wright, P.G. Connolly and J.A.D. Anderson


A main crop summer potato trial at Pukekohe assessed the damage caused by Bactericera cockerelli, tomato potato psyllid (TPP), and investigated the use of action spray thresholds. Five treatments were used: in-furrow insecticide and weekly blocks of foliar sprays; in-furrow insecticide and one of three different threshold-based foliar spray programmes; and no insecticides. The threshold-based spray programmes used either the number of TPP nymphs per middle leaf or the mean number of TPP adults per yellow sticky trap per week, plus different mode-of-action insecticide rotations. Three treatments resulted in acceptable yield and specific gravity, and a low incidence of zebra chip disease (ZC). These were the weekly treatment and two spray programmes based on a threshold of >3 TPP adults per trap per week where insecticide applications were reduced by 50% compared to the weekly applications.

Keywords: tomato-potato psyllid, Bactericera cockerelli, potatoes, insecticide trials, action thresholds.

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