Details on the situation of forestry pests in Chile
The Ministry of Agriculture in Chile provides useful information in a recent newsletter about the situation of forestry pests on its territory.
Gonipterus scutellatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae – EPPO A2 list)
In 2005, the pest was detected in region VI, Region Metropolitana (provincia de Santiago) and region IX. In previous years, the distribution of the pest included regions IV, V, VII, VIII and the province of Chacabuco in Region Metropolitana.
Glycaspis brimblecombei (Homoptera: Psyllidae – EPPO Alert List)
In February 2006, G. brimblecombei was detected in region IX (previously it had been also found in regions IV and VIII).
Phoracantha recurva (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae – formerly on the EPPO Alert List)
In addition to regions V and VII, P. recurva has been found in region XII.
Ophelimus sp. (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae)
In Chile, an unidentified species of Ophelimus, a pest of eucalyptus, was first found in February 2003 in region V, and then in regions VI, VII and Metropolitana, mainly on Eucalyptus globulus and to a lesser extent on E. camaldulensis. In 2005, it was also found in region IV.
Anonymous (2006) Informativo Fitosanitario Forestal. Servicio Agricola y Ganadero. no. 3, Ministero de Agricultura, Santiago, Chile, 4 pp.