The potato tuber moth (PTM), Phthorimaea operculella (Zeller), is a serious pest of potatoes and other solanaceous crops in Australia.
The pest status varies in different regions of Australia and related factors include insecticide resistance and the level of other pests (including other Lepidoptera) associated with potatoes.
Growers in several States of Australia have implemented Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies with the assistance of IPM Technologies Pty Ltd and this has involved monitoring crops for all pests and making recommendations for their control.
This paper reviews the approach that we have taken with regard to IPM for PTM in general and to IPM in potato crops in particular.
This is not a review of potato tuber moth control in Australia but is a report on how we have implemented an IPM approach in potato crops in Australia.
We would like to thank the many potato growers who have collaborated with us for many years.
In addition we would like to acknowledge the support of AusVeg and Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) (formerly HRDC) with several projects on potato pests.
Peter O’Sullivan was particularly important in obtaining initial commercial observations.
We also thank Dr. Jürgen Kroschel for the invitation to the Symposium and for his encouragement and assistance in the preparation of this paper.