Tuta absoluta damage to tomato
The South American tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta is one of most serious invasive species that has been spreading in Africa, Asia and Central America. Since its introduction to Spain in 2006, it has invaded most of the countries in Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East, Northern, Western and Eastern Africa, and India in South Asia. It causes 80 to 100% crop loss unless proper management technologies are taken up. This workshop covered various aspects of invasion, monitoring, and management of T. absoluta and recommended:
1. Countries yet to be invaded by T. absoluta in Africa, Asia and Central America:
a. Donor agencies to support conducting workshops to sensitize administrators, scientists and the public about the impending danger of T. absoluta invasion.
b. To take up quarantine measures to prevent its introduction.
c. Set up monitoring program using pheromone traps of T. absoluta.
2. Donor agencies to support regional and/or international projects for research including damage thresholds, local natural enemies recruited, and management of T. absoluta.
3. To form a Global and/or Regional Working Group of International Association for Plant Protection Sciences or International Organization of Biological Control.
4. To form Regional and Global Networks for communication and information dissemination on T. absoluta management.
5. Explore the effective of natural enemies in South America, the center of origin of T. absoluta.
IPM Innovation Lab
Virginia Tech University