Nov 01 2018

Exotic Pest Fact Sheets

April 2020

The Exotic Pest Fact Sheets have been updated with current information as follows:

Fact Sheet #


Updates noted


Chilli Thrips

Updated text



No changes


Tomato Leafminer

Updated text and new photo of adult moth



Updated text


Vegetable Leafminers

Updated text


Flea Beetles

No changes



Updated text



Updated text

Recent reports indicate no transmission from seed to seedling (Verhoeven et al 2020)


Black bean aphid

Updated text



Updated text


Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus (TYLCV) and Tomato Infectious Chlorosis Virus (TICV)

Updated text


Tomato Pinworm

Updated text


Red Spider Mite

Updated text



Updated text

Seed transmission suspected, transmission by bumblebees established. New distributions noted


March 2019

A new Exotic Pest Fact Sheet for Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) has been added to our pest fact sheet resources available for download.

14. Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) 

February 2019

We're pleased to add three newly revised Exotic Pest Fact Sheets which can be downloaded here:

11. Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus (TYLCV) and Tomato Infectious Chlorosis Virus (TICV)

12. Tomato Pinworm

13. Red Spider Mite

November 2018

UPDATED “fact sheets” covering our most unwanted exotic tomato pests can be downloaded below:

  1. Chilli thrips
  2. Tomato torrado virus (ToTV)
  3. Tomato leafminer
  4. Pepino mosaic virus (PepMV)
  5. Vegetable leaf miners
  6. Flea beetles (Epitrix sp.)
  7. Capsicum chlorosis virus (CaCV)
  8. Potato spindle tuber viroid (PSTVd)
  9. Black bean aphid
  10. Viroids

In the event of detecting any unusual pest or plant symptom, you should call the MPI EXOTIC PEST AND DISEASE HOTLINE 0800 80 99 66.

Early Detection – Our Second Line of Defence

Tomatoes New Zealand Inc.’s (TNZ Inc.) main goal under the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity (GIA) is to keep new pests (including diseases) out of New Zealand.  But we know that despite our best efforts there is the possibility that some may get past the border and be found in New Zealand – as was the case with the Tomato potato psyllid (TPP).

We want to be far better prepared for any new pests by creating a second line of defence – you!  As growers, seed suppliers, crop protection suppliers or advisors, or scientists you are regularly in crops looking for things that are out of the ordinary. 

Monitoring crops for signs of pests is something tomato growers do on a daily basis.  This may be as simple as a walk through the greenhouse or part of a more formal scheduled IPM threshold monitoring programme.  Growers being    and aware of what to be on the look-out for greatly increases the chance that we can eradicate any "new" pests before they establish.

Fact sheets are being developed for pests that are the most likely to enter New Zealand and/or would have the most significant economic impact on tomato growers.  They provide details on what to look for and what to do if growers find anything unusual or suspect there may be a new pest that has entered New Zealand. 

You can help by adding these pests to your general surveillance activities.  The purpose of surveillance from both a grower’s perspective, and the obligation under the GIA agreement are much the same, that is, to notice anything different or unusual that needs to be monitored or responded to before it’s too late to effectively eradicate or contain.

Although fact sheets have been developed for some of the pests most likely to enter New Zealand, potential incursions are not limited to this group, so vigilance in identifying anything unusual is prudent during monitoring and surveillance activities.


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