Update on the situation of Drosophila suzukii in Italy
The NPPO of Italy recently informed the EPPO Secretariat that, as a result of monitoring activities, the presence of Drosophila suzukii (Diptera: Drosophilidae – EPPO A2 List) has been reported from new areas in the following regions: Liguria, Marche, Sicilia, Valle d’Aosta, and Veneto. Specimens of D. suzukii were caught in traps located near places of intense trade flows of plants and plant products, and in cultivated areas. The pest was found in small fruit crops (raspberry, strawberry), orchards (cherry, peach), vineyards, and hedges of Prunus spp.
The situation of Drosophila suzukii in Italy can be described as follows: Present, first found in 2009 in the province of Trento, now recorded in several regions (Campania, Liguria, Lombardia, Marche, Piemonte, Sicilia, Trentino-Alto Adige, Toscana, Valle d’Aosta, Veneto).
NPPO of Italy (2012-07).