First report of Thrips palmi in Portugal
The NPPO of Portugal recently informed the EPPO Secretariat that Thrips palmi (Thysanoptera: Thripidae – EPPO A1 list) has been detected in kiwi flowers (Actinidia chinensis) in the areas of Braga and Vila do Conde, in the region of Entre Douro e Minho (Northwest of Portugal). Inspections in ornamental nurseries and garden centres will be reinforced. As the pest was found at an unfavourable time of the year, the situation will be assessed in spring 2005 at the two locations concerned in order to define phytosanitary measures to be implemented.
NPPO of Portugal, 2004-12.