Detected in Pretoria, SA by Prof Stefan Neser of the University of Pretoria’s Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), the pest is reportedly a sap-sucking insect where the nymphs are covered by a protective casing called a lerp.
“Early detection of this psyllid in new areas will greatly assist in assessing its pest status and informing management strategies,” said Dr Brett Hurley, a researcher with FABI’s Tree Protection Cooperative Programme. “Confirmation of the identity of this potential new pest, as well as information on its biology and host species, will be provided as it becomes available.”
Members of SA’s forestry sector and general public have been requested to urgently report any infestations of this pest to Dr Jeff Garnas at [email protected] or to Hurley at [email protected]. Reports can also be telephoned to 012 420 5822.