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Research Project: Bio-Rational Approaches to Manage Insect Pests of Potato Crops

Location: Temperate Tree Fruit and Vegetable Research

Title: Potato psyllids and their bacterial allies: Two fronts in the war against zebra chip disease.

Author
item Cooper, William - Rodney
item Swisher, Kylie
item Garczynski, Stephen
item Mustafa, Tariq - Washington State University
item Munyaneza, Joseph - Joe
item Horton, David

Submitted to: Meeting Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/20/2015
Publication Date: 8/18/2015
Citation: Cooper, W.R., Swisher, K.D., Garczynski, S.F., Mustafa, T., Munyaneza, J.E., Horton, D.R. 2015. Potato psyllids and their bacterial allies: Two fronts in the war against zebra chip disease.. Meeting Proceedings. Pp 1-5.

Interpretive Summary: N/A

Technical Abstract: Potato psyllid is a major pest of potato in the western United States that transmits the pathogen that causes zebra chip disease. Potato psyllids, like all psyllids, have close associations with bacterial endosymbionts living within them. These endosymbionts may be obligate or facultative, and their presence is often beneficial to the insect. We discuss previous and ongoing research conducted at the USDA-ARS in Wapato, WA on endosymbionts of the potato psyllid. Our research will provide an improved understanding of potato psyllid biology and ecology which will help growers make informed pest management decisions. Our research may also lead to the development of novel ways to control potato psyllid by targeting their endosymbionts.