The use of fine mesh covers could be the answer to controlling the tomato potato psyllid.
Dr Charles Merfield, the head of the BHU Future Farming Centre, who has been researching the use of mesh in potato crops, believes the problem of the psyllid may be solved.
The latest research by the farming centre compared an agrichemical regime with three meshes of different hole size: 0.3, 0.4 and 0.7mm.
Agrichemicals had a total of 1614 psyllids, while the meshes had four, five and three psyllids.
”The result is utterly stunning. It is, effectively, complete control of TPP,” Dr Merfield said.