Importing <i>Tamarixia triozae</i> into containment in New Zealand


  • P.J. Workman
  • S.A. Whiteman



The parasitoid Tamarixia triozae (Burks) (Hymenoptera Eulophidae) has been imported from Mexico into containment in New Zealand as a potential biological control agent for the tomato/potato psyllid Bactericera cockerelli (Sulk) (Hemiptera Triozidae) The tomato/potato psyllid is a North American pest that was first reported in New Zealand in 2006 This psyllid has been found to vector the bacterial disease Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum or psyllarous and has now become a major pest on both greenhouse and outdoor solanaceous crops Inundative releases of T triozae have been used to control the tomato/potato psyllid in greenhouse crops in North America In New Zealand this parasitoid may also have potential for the classical biological control of this psyllid Data to support an application for the full release of this parasitoid will be obtained by comparing the efficacy of T triozae and an undescribed species of Tamarixia found in New Zealand in 1997; establishing the ability of T triozae to parasitise the tomato/potato psyllid on capsicums tomatoes and potatoes; and undertaking host specificity testing using indigenous psyllids Approval to import T triozae was obtained under the HSNO Act 1996 and HSNO Order 1998 (ERMA Approval Code NOC00253039) and the Biosecurity Act 1993 (MAF Biosecurity Permit to Import Live Animals 2008035896)




How to Cite

Workman, P. and Whiteman, S. 2009. Importing &lt;i&gt;Tamarixia triozae&lt;/i&gt; into containment in New Zealand. New Zealand Plant Protection. 62, (Aug. 2009), 412–412. DOI:



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