EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 04 - 2011 Num. article: 2011/071

First report of Tuta absoluta in Greece

In Greece, the presence of Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae – EPPO A2 List) was detected for the first time in June 2009 in Crete. The pest was then identified in 5 geographically distant regions of Crete (Chania, Heraklion), Peloponnese (Achaea, Trifilia) and Western Greece (Preveza), both in glasshouse and field tomato crops. The distribution of T. absoluta in Greece is localized and scattered, suggesting multiple and simultaneous introductions rather than natural spread resulting from a single introduction.
The situation of Tuta absoluta in Greece can be described as follows: Present, first found in 2009 in Crete, Peloponnese and Western Greece.


Roditakis E, D. Papachristos D, Roditakis NE (2010) Current status of the tomato leafminer Tuta absoluta in Greece. Bulletin OEPP/EPPO Bulletin 40(2), 163-166.