EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 07 - 2006 Num. article: 2006/147

Frankliniella cephalica: a new vector of Tomato spotted wilt tospovirus

Frankliniella cephalica (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) is a pest of tropical and subtropical crops which has been found for the first time in the late 1990s-early 2000s in Japan (Yaeyama islands, Okinawa prefecture). It was isolated from wild flowers of Bidens pilosa and Ipomoea batatas growing in the vicinity of cultivated fields. During transmission studies done in Japan, it was shown that F. cephalica can transmit Tomato spotted wilt tospovirus (EPPO A2 list).


Ohnishi J, Katsuzaki H, Tsuda S, Sakurai T, Murai T (2006) Frankliniella cephalica, a new vector for Tomato spotted wilt virus. Plant Disease 90(5), p 685.