This is to confirm that Air NZ strikes have been cancelled and so Potatoes New Zealand, alongside Plant and Food, that we will still be running this readiness workshop for Potato growers and agronomists.
11:00 – 11:30
Identification of arthropods that are on the potato sector’s risk organisms list (Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decimlineata); Potato flea beetle (Epitrix similaris, E. papa, E. tuberis, E. cucumeris, E. subcrinita); Leaf mining flies (Liriomyza sativae, L. bryoniae, L. trifolii; L. huidobrensis; L. nietzkei, L. cepae, Chromatomyia horticola, Phytomyza gymnostroma); Potato leafhopper (Empoasca fabae); Red spider mite (Tetranychus evansi), and other priority alien arthropod pests, e.g. Brown marmorated sting bug (Halyomorpha halys), and Andean potato weevil (Premnotrypes sp.)
11:30 – 12:00
Identification Fungal and bacterial potato sector risk organisms: Brown rot (Ralstonia solanacearum), Late Blight (A2 mating strain) (Phytophthora infestans), Blackleg (Dickeya solani)
12:00 – 1:00
1:00 – 3.00
Training on Potato mop-top virus (PMTV) identification (tuber and foliage), overview of the disease, update on the current situation, plan for the coming season, long term management plan.