The IPM Network for the tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), urges collaboration among people who are working on this pest to reduce its economic damage and spread.

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  • Journal of Pest Science


    Integrated pest management of Tuta absoluta: practical implementations across different world regions

    Nicolas Desneux1 · Peng Han2 ID · Ramzi Mansour3 · Judit Arnó4 · Thierry Brévault5,6 · Mateus R. Campos1 · Anais Chailleux6,7 · Raul N. C. Guedes8 · Javad Karimi9 · Kouassi Arthur J. Konan1,10 · Anne violette Lavoir1 · María G. Luna11,12 · Meritxell Perez Hedo13 · Alberto Urbaneja13 · François J. Verheggen14 · Lucia Zappalà15 · Khaled Abbes16 · Abid Ali17,18 · Yunus Bayram19 · Fernando Cantor20 · Andrew G. S. Cuthbertson21 · Raf De Vis22 · Fedai Erler23 · Dnyaneshwar M. Firake24 · Khalid Haddi25 · M. Jamal Hajjar26 · Khasan Ismoilov27,28,29 · Coline C. Jaworski1,30,31 · Marc Kenis32 · Hao tian Liu27,28,33 · Hossein Madadi34 · Thibaud Martin635 · Ahmed Mazih36 · Gerben J. Messelink37 · Samira A. Mohamed38 · Robert S. Nofemela39 · Abiola Oke40 · César Ramos41 · Michele Ricupero15 · Emmanouil Roditakis42 · Pathour R. Shashank24 · Fang Hao Wan43 · Ming hui Wang27,28,33 · Su Wang31 · Yi Bo Zhang43 · Antonio Biondi15

    Received: 30 March 2021 / Revised: 20 September 2021 / Accepted: 29 September 2021 © The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2021


    The South American tomato pinworm, Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), has invaded most Afro-Eurasian countries and is threatening worldwide tomato production. Various strategies have been developed and implemented to manage this pest. Here, we present a timely review on the up-to-date development and practical implementation of integrated pest management (IPM) programs for tomato crops across different world regions infested by T. absoluta. While insecticide resistance is a growing concern, biological control via releasing or conserving arthropod natural enemies and sex pheromonebased biotechnical control are the most successful management practices. Agronomic control-related research is an emerging area where the soil fertilization and/or irrigation, as well as breeding of resistant cultivars, has the potential to enhance IPM effectiveness. Grower survey responses in the native areas (i.e., South America), early-invaded areas (i.e., first report between 2006 and 2012) and newly invaded areas (i.e., frst report after 2012) showed that the control programs evolved along with the areas and time since invasion. Growers in the early-invaded areas shifted more rapidly from chemical control to biological control compared to those from the native area. In all concerned regions, the pest control failure risk following chemical insecticide applications and the high cost associated with either biological or biotechnical control methods have been the greatest concerns for growers. The information gathered from the native and/or early-invaded areas may help achieve a more effective management in newly invaded areas. Lastly, researchers are expected to break the bottlenecks of some key issues that would enable lowering application cost of novel biorational alternative management options.
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  • 2018/006 Eradication of Tuta absoluta from Belarus

    The NPPO of Belarus recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the successful eradication of Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae – EPPO A2 List) from its territory. The pest was first found in May 2011 in the region of Gomel in a tomato greenhouse of 3 ha. In July 2011, T. absoluta was also detected outdoors in an area of 3.5 ha and in private plots located near the infested tomato greenhouse. Official phytosanitary measures were taken in the infested area to eradicate the pest. As of 2016-01-01, T. absoluta was no longer found on the territory of Belarus, the NPPO considered that it has been successfully eradicated.

    The pest status of Tuta absoluta in Belarus is officially declared as: Absent: pest eradicated in 2015.

    Source: NPPO of Belarus (2018-01).
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  • Dear Kris Godfrey,

    Thanks a lot for launching a general education and training class for Tuta absoluta.

    Your help, effort and concern are appreciated.

    All the best ... Aziz Ajlan

    Tuta absoluta (Tomato leaf miner): New host records, controls, and distribution


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  • Welcome Kris Godfrey to Tomato Leafminer Network on the ESA Networks

  • Several of us at University of California-Davis have a grant to develop educational materials for tomato growers (urban and commercial) about Tuta absoluta and the threat it posses to California.  When finished, these materials will be available on line for free.  The publication for urban dwellers is being edited currently and should be finalized by about the end of November to mid-December.  The grower education will be an on line interactive course.  I am still working on the final 3 units.

  • Please check Azadirachtin on page 84 in this: (

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Free on-line training available at UC ANR website

We have just launched a general education and training class for Tuta on the University of California- Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC-ANR) On-line Learning Center.  The web address is and the course can be found in the Integrated Pest Management folder.  The courses are listed in alphabetical order.  Anyone can make a request to be a user of the site. Please note that this training is "California-centric", but there is information on general biology and…

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