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Technology Transfer Program for Integrated Pest Management of Potato Psyllid to Minimize the Incidence of Zebra Chip in Potatoes


The objective of this cooperative research project is to transfer pest management technology from ARS to Texas and Kansas Cooperative Extension Entomologists and potato growers as to how to monitor for and manage the potato psyllid the vector of the newly discover potato disease, zebra chip, Liberibacter psyllaurous candidatus.

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The overall goal of this project is to transfer the technology for monitoring and integrated pest management of the potato psyllid to minimize the incidence of zebra chip in chipping potatoes. Cooperating extension entomologists in the major potato growing areas of the southwestern U.S. will receive training as to how to conduct weekly sampling of selected potato fields to monitor for the presence of adult and immature potato psyllids. Extension entomologist will provide weekly field samples to ARS and contribute to a weekly pest management report.

Goolsby, John
USDA - Agricultural Research Service
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