Situation of Diabrotica virgifera in France in 2007
In summer 2007, the presence of Diabrotica virgifera (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae – EPPO A2 List) was detected again in France. It can be recalled that in 2006, D. virgifera had only been reported in Alsace (see EPPO RS 2007/004). In 2007, 9 adults were caught in Alsace, in the area where the pest had been detected in 2003 near the Basel-Mulhouse international airport. One adult was caught for the first time in Bourgogne (Saône-et-Loire) near a motorway service area. Finally, at the end of August, 1 adult was caught in Rhône-Alpes near the airport of Lyon (Satolas). Eradication measures have immediately been implemented in all infested areas.
The situation of Diabrotica virgifera in France can be described as follows: Present, few specimens caught in Alsace, Bourgogne and Rhône-Alpes regions in 2007, under eradication.
Anonymous (2007) Phyto Régions. Alsace, Bourgogne et Rhône-Alpes. Diabrotica virgifera, encore « passager clandestin » ? Phytoma – La Défense des Végétaux No. 607, p 3.