Type: Chapter

Potato pest management with specific reference to the Pacific Northwest (USA)

Author Stuart Reitz

Oregon State University

Publication date:

07 September 2018

ID: 9781786763884

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Over the past 20 years, potato pest management in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) region of the United States has changed dramatically with the emergence and resurgence of new insect pests, including vectors of new, devastating plant pathogens. This chapter reviews the status of pest management in the PNW, along with future research aimed at enabling growers to maintain economically viable and sustainable potato production. The chapter describes the life cycles and effects of the main arthropod pests in the region, including the beet leafhopper, the potato tuberworm and the most significant emerging pest, the potato psyllid, vector of zebra chip disease.

Table of contents

1 Introduction
2 Economics of potato pest management
3 Seasonality of arthropod pests in the PNW
4 Arthropod pests of the PNW
5 Horizontal and vertical integration of pest management practices
6 Outreach efforts
7 Future trends and conclusion
8 Where to look for further information
9 References