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Tomato leafminer portal

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Welcome to the tomato leafminer portal. The tomato leafminer (Tuta absoluta) is native to South America and feeds almost exclusively on tomato. Following its introduction into Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, it has caused extensive economic damage. 

The impacts of Tuta absoluta can be severe, with yield loss reaching 100%. Other impacts include increasing tomato prices, bans on the trade of tomato, an increase in use of synthetic insecticides, disruption of integrated management programmes of other tomato pests, and increased cost of crop protection.

This portal contains a selection of news, research, practical extension materials, videos and other resources on Tuta absoluta. Below is a sample of the resources available. To see the full list, click the ‘see more’ links below, or enter "tomato leafminer" or "Tuta absoluta" in the site search above. 

This information comes from many organisations and sources. If you have resources that you would like to be included, please contact isc@cabi.org.

Identification and management

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Following its introduction into Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, T. absoluta has already caused extensive economic damage. The impact of the...

Management Factsheets
CABI,Nepal Plant Quarantine and Pesticide Management Centre, (2019). Pest Management Decision Guides. CABI. 1 pp. Nepali Language
CABI, (2018). Plantwise Factsheets for Farmers. CABI. 1 pp. English Language

Identification guides
CABI, (2018). Plantwise Photosheets. CABI. 1 pp. English Language
CABI, (2018). Plantwise Photosheets. CABI. 1 pp. English Language

Posters and Leaflets
DAFF South Africa. External factsheets. Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. 1 pp. English Language
DAFF South Africa. External factsheets. Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. 2 pp. English Language

Manuals
NAPPO. Manuals. North American Plant Protection Organisation. 17 pp. English Language

Latest research articles from CAB Abstracts

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Domínguez, A.; López, S.; Bernabé, A.; Guerrero, Á.; Quero, C. (2019). Insects 10(8) MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland.
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Verheggen, F.; Fontus, R. B. (2019). Entomologia Generalis 38(4), pp 349-353. E. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Stuttgart, Germany.
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Dias, D. M.; Resende, J. T. V. de; Zeist, A. R.; Gabriel, A.; Santos, M. H.; Vilela, N. C. (2019). Horticultura Brasileira 37(1), pp 40-46. Sociedade de Olericultura do Brasil, UNESP - FCA, Botucatu, Brazil.
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Youne, A. A.; Zohdy, N. Z. M.; Abulfadl, H. A.; Fathy, R. (2019). African Entomology 27(2), pp 461-467. Entomological Society of Southern Africa, Pretoria, South Africa.

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Tuta absoluta in Kenya