Diabrotica virgifera found again in the Netherlands
In the Netherlands, few specimens of Diabrotica virgifera (EPPO A2 list) had been caught in 2003 near the airport of Schiphol and Alsmeer flower auction. Eradication measures had been applied and the pest was no longer reported (EPPO RS 2004/058). In August 2005, one specimen of Diabrotica virgifera was found in a maize field near Maastricht airport. According to EU Commission Decision 2003/766, eradication measures were applied. Part of the delimited security zone (no pest found) is in Belgium (Limburg province) where a trapping programme will be put in place.
Anonymous (2005) Phyto Europe. Diabrotica à Maastricht. Phytoma – La Défense des Végétaux no. 585, p 4.
Site web de l’Agence Alimentaire, Belgique (AFSCA)
Communiqué de presse du 2005-08-19. Découverte de la chrysomèle du maïs dans le Limbourg hollandais. http://www.favv-afsca.fgov.be