A highly destructive invasive insect that attacks tomatoes is spreading rapidly around the world. A Virginia Tech Plant Pathologist is calling for preventative measures to stop it from reaching the U.S.
The tiny South American Tomato Leaf Miner bores into the leaves, stems and fruit of tomato plants. With no natural predators outside that region, like any invasive species it proliferates largely unchecked. Already the tiny moth, called ‘Tuta Absoluta,’ has affected 40% of the world’s tomato crop and where it strikes, it can cause nearly total crop loss.