Incursion of Neotoxoptera formosana in Germany
The NPPO of Germany recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first incursion of Neotoxoptera formosana (Homoptera: Aphididae – formerly EPPO Alert List) in Germany (Baden-Württemberg). In August 2007, close to Heilbronn (Baden-Württemberg), N. formosana occurred at high density in two fields of Allium schoenoprasum (chives) for consumption. Within the 14 days that followed the first discovery of the infestation, all plants were destroyed. The origin of the infestation is not known. The infestation thus far, is being controlled by chemical treatment. Pictures were kindly provided by the NPPO of Germany and can be viewed on the Internet:
The status of Neotoxoptera formosana in Germany is officially declared as follows: Local incursion; actionable, under eradication.
NPPO of Germany, 2007-09.