Pests of Potatoes

Entomological research


In potato production, entomological research is primarily concerned with developing a risk-forecasting model for seed-potato virus, and with controlling wireworms. A project for re-evaluating the intervention threshold for the control of Colorado beetles is also currently underway.Weekly bulletins are also published to allow producers to follow the flight of aphids, which are the vector for the PVY virus. These bulletins can be downloaded from the Agrometeo website:

Wireworm Control


Wireworms are soil-dwelling larvae of several beetle species of the genus Agriotes.

Potato beetle

The potato beetle prefers to feed on the young leaves of the potato plant.