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The TPP lifecycle

Maintaining quality in the wake of a pest

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The TPP lifecycle

The tomato-potato psyllid Bactericera cockerelli breeds on plants in the Solanaceae family, such as potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, tamarillos and capsicums. As the adult insect feeds on the leaves of the plants it can transmit a bacterium, Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum, which multiplies in the phloem of the plant, reducing plant health and ultimately the quality of crops.