New pest in S Afr: Tuta – watch your tomatoes

Posted by on January 20, 2017

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First detection of Tuta absoluta in South Africa –…
At our Mozambican border.

Host plants such as Solanum lycopersicum (Tomatoes), Solanum melongena (Eggplant) and Solanum tuberosum (Potato), may be affected.

Also now detected in Namibia.

From wiki: This moth was first known as a tomato pest in South American countries. In 2006, it was identified in Spain. The following year it was detected in France, Italy, Greece, Malta, Morocco, Algeria and Libya. In 2009 it was first reported from Turkey. The advance of T. absoluta continued to the east to reach Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Iran. Further advances southward reached Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman and the rest of the Gulf states. In Africa, T. absoluta moved from Egypt to reach Sudan, South Sudan and Ethiopia from the east and to reach the Senegal from the west. It was reported in Nigeria in 2016.

An up to date global distribution map is available on the Tuta absoluta information network – -(at present, the southern African and Namibian records are not yet on)

Greenhouse tomato damage

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