Tomato Potato Psyllid Survey 2019-2020

​Adopt-a-Trap and help keep Tasmania TPP free! ​​

The 2019-2020 National Tomato Potato Psyllid (TPP) Survey is being conducted to check for and re-affirm that Tasmania remains free from this significant biosecurity pest.

​Register​ early and receive a free tomato plant!​



What pests are we checking for and why?

Tomato-potato psyllid (TPP) (Bactericera cockerelli) was first detected near Perth WA in February 2017. It is an exotic plant pest in its own right, however it can also host a bacterium, Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum, that causes zebra chip disease in potato tubers. Tomato-potato psyllid is therefore a serious biosecurity threat to potato, tomato and capsicum crops.

While Tasmania is currently free from TPP it’s important we remain vigilant.

Find out more about TPP​.


How will the survey work?

The survey is very simple. 

Biosecurity Tasmania will provide participants with a survey kit including instructions on how to deploy the sticky traps on your property.

Special instructions will be provided to any commercial producers of host produce who wish to participate in the survey.


What do I need to do?

  • Register your interest now by filling in the registration fo​rm and sending it to PlantSurvey@dpipwe.tas.gov.au  Register early to receive a free tomato plant.

  TPP Adopt a Trap Registration   (255Kb)​

  • Biosecurity Tasmania will contact you to confirm your registration and to let you know kit collection days and times
  • Collect your survey kit from one of the office locations below.


Kit collection​ and drop-off locations 

​Kits can be collected from, and completed traps returned to, the locations below. 


New Town Research Laboratories
Veronica Hayes
13 St Johns Avenue, New Town 7008
 Ph: 6165 3759 or 0448 366 101

Stoney Rise Government Offices
Ken West 
Rundle Rd. Devonport, Tasmania 7310
Ph: 0407 042 839 or 6478 4124

Mt Pleasant Laboratories
Michelle Watson
165 Westbury Road, Prospect TAS 7249
Ph: 6777 2076  

If you cannot get to one of our offices let us know so we can arrange an alternative delivery method.


When is​​ it happening?

You can deploy the traps in late November and into December 2019 (four traps, one out at a time for seven days [four at a time for commercial growers]) and then bring the traps back to us.  

This process will be repeated in February/March 2020.We will send you another kit and remind you when to put your next lot of traps out.

Hos​​t list

The traps will need to be placed near priority hosts. You will need at least one or two plants from the list below. The more plants you have, and the more mature they are, the better.

  • Solanaceae family, including potato, tomato, capsicum, eggplant and tamarillo, boxthorn, Chinese lantern, Chinese gooseberry, and nightshade weeds.
  • Convolvulaceae family such as sweet potato, convolvulus and morning glory.


Questions and further information​​​

Veronica Hayes
Surveillance Coordinator (Plant Biosecurity)​
Ph: 6165 3759 or 0448 366 101

Ken West
Senior Surveillance Officer – (Plant Biosecurity)
Ph: 64784124 or 0407 042 839   

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