A highly destructive insect that attacks tomatoes is spreading around the world. Plant Pathologists at Virginia Tech are warning it could cause total crop loss in places where it gains a foothold if preventative measures are not taken. Robbie Harris reports.
By last fall, the tiny “South American Tomato Leaf Miner” had already taken a huge bite out of the world’s tomato crop, chewing up around 40 per cent.
“It is expanding now. It probably went about 50 per cent.”
Professor, Muni Muniappan is director of the Integrated Pest Management Lab at Virginia Tech.