TaroPest: an illustrated guide to pests and diseases of taro
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 10:37

Taro (Colocasia esculenta) is a major food crop in the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) with wide cultural, economic and food security importance for nearly all PICTs.  Annual regional production is more than 360,000 tonnes per year, but taro production is subject to significant losses from pests and diseases. Most Pacific taro pests have restricted distributions, making effective quarantine critical to their containment and management. Identifying pests already in a country is an ongoing requirement for growers, extension officers and those responsible for trying to gain international market access for the crop. However, limited access to relevant information and user-friendly diagnostic tools has been a major problem, hampering the development of effective quarantine, pest management and pest surveillance systems.

During the 2003 ACIAR regional consultations, the lack of readily available information on taro pests was identified as a matter of concern and the development of a pest and disease tool kit for taro was subsequently agreed on as a regional priority. To work towards effective management of pests and diseases and to help make available diagnostic pest management information on taro, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and its partners invested heavily over recent years in funding the development of a pest and disease toolkit for taro.

TaroPest is a collaborative project involving the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Plant Protection Service, National Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection Authority (NAQIA) of Papua New Guinea and the Queensland University of Technology in Australia. The technical content of the diagnostic tool were provided by regional research and extension officers and plant pest and disease specialists from around the world.

TaroPest has been developed as a guide to the pests and diseases of taro in the Pacific. Its aim is to be a one-stop shop with keys, fact sheets, photographs, and consists of a field guide with an interactive CD-ROM that provides additional information.

TaroPest captures all current information on the identification and management of taro pests and diseases in the South Pacific region. It also highlights the fact that for most of these pests and diseases, little is known about their economic or biological impact, differences in the susceptibility of various taro cultivars, and control methods.

TaroPest is available upon request.

For further information, please contact SPC’s Land Resources Division Helpdesk at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taro (Colocasia esculenta) is a major food crop in the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) with wide cultural, economic and food security importance for nearly all PICTs.  Annual regional production is more than 360,000 tonnes per year, but taro production is subject to significant losses from pests and diseases. Most Pacific taro pests have restricted distributions, making effective quarantine critical to their containment and management. Identifying pests already in a country is an ongoing requirement for growers, extension officers and those responsible for trying to gain international market access for the crop. However, limited access to relevant information and user-friendly diagnostic tools has been a major problem, hampering the development of effective quarantine, pest management and pest surveillance systems.

During the 2003 ACIAR regional consultations, the lack of readily available information on taro pests was identified as a matter of concern and the development of a pest and disease tool kit for taro was subsequently agreed on as a regional priority. To work towards effective management of pests and diseases and to help make available diagnostic pest management information on taro, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and its partners invested heavily over recent years in funding the development of a pest and disease toolkit for taro.

TaroPest is a collaborative project involving the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Plant Protection Service, National Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection Authority (NAQIA) of Papua New Guinea and the Queensland University of Technology in Australia. The technical content of the diagnostic tool were provided by regional research and extension officers and plant pest and disease specialists from around the world.

TaroPest has been developed as a guide to the pests and diseases of taro in the Pacific. Its aim is to be a one-stop shop with keys, fact sheets, photographs, and consists of a field guide with an interactive CD-ROM that provides additional information.

TaroPest captures all current information on the identification and management of taro pests and diseases in the South Pacific region. It also highlights the fact that for most of these pests and diseases, little is known about their economic or biological impact, differences in the susceptibility of various taro cultivars, and control methods.

TaroPest is available upon request.

For further information, please contact SPC’s Land Resources Division Helpdesk at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .