Parasaissetia nigra found in Côte d’Azur, in France
The NPPO of France recently informed the EPPO Secretariat that Parasaissetia nigra (EU Annexes) has been found in Côte d’Azur (south of France) on various ornamental plants. A few females were collected in 2002 on Bulbine frutescens. Further studies revealed that it had been already collected on Aloe in 1978 and Hibiscus in 1982 at Antibes. In 1933, it had also been found on Musa in an exotic glasshouse of the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris. In the south of France, P. nigra, does not cause any damage to ornamentals and so far, it has not been seen on citrus.
The situation of Parasaissetia nigra in France can be described as follows: Present, low populations occur in Côte d’Azur on ornamentals.
NPPO of France, 2002-12.
Germain, J.F.; Bertaux, F. 2003) Parasaissetia nigra (Nietner) hôte méconnu sur la Côte d’azur, PHM (in press).