EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 04 - 2011 Num. article: 2011/070

Situation of Bursaphelenchus xylophilus in Portugal

In 1999, Bursaphelenchus xylophilus (EPPO A2 List) was first found in Portugal (EPPO RS 99/152) and since then it has been submitted to an eradication campaign (destruction of infested trees, intensive surveys and restrictions on the movements of pine trees, wood and wood products). The first outbreak of B. xylophilus was detected near Setubal but despite phytosanitary measures, the pest continued to spread to other regions of Portugal (in particular in the central part of Portugal near Coimbra and in the south of the Alentejo region). Since mid-2008, the whole territory of continental Portugal has been considered to be a demarcated area and is subject to an official action plan.
In November 2009, the first outbreak of B. xylophilus was detected on the island of Madeira. A manager of a golf course near Funchal observed declining pine trees and notified the NPPO. Since then, a rapid increase in the number of declining trees has been observed across the island. Surveys were conducted in Madeira and in April 2010 the results were presented as follows: out of a total of 538 tested samples (taken from 1387 pine trees), B. xylophilus was detected in 117 samples (taken from 362 trees) collected from the following localities: Funchal (51 samples), Machico (23), São Vicente (17), Santa Cruz (16), Santana (9), and Calheta (1).
The situation of Bursaphelenchus xylophilus in Portugal can be described as follows: Present, several outbreaks reported in mainland Portugal (Centro, Lisboa e Vale do Tejo, Alentejo regions) and Madeira, under official control.


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