EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 09 - 2002 Num. article: 2002/140

Further details on Diabrotica virgifera virgifera in Austria

In Austria, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera (EPPO A2 quarantine pest) was recently found by the NPPO (see also EPPO RS 2002/109) in pheromone traps in maize fields in the municipalities of Andau, Deutsch Jarndorf, Nickelsdorf and Kittsee (district of Neusield am See, Bundesland of Burgenland), and in the municipality of Berg (district of Bruck an der Leitha, Bundesland of Niederösterreich). All these sites are located near the Slovakian border and places where the pest was found last year in Slovakia. Additional traps have been placed towards the west to continue the monitoring of the pest. As an immediate measure, the movement of green maize from infested fields has been prohibited. The information campaign, which already started last year, will be intensified. For the next growing season, other phytosanitary measures will be taken at regional level, including compulsory crop rotation or crop treatment. The situation of D. virgifera virgifera in Austria can be described as follows: Present, in a few locations in Burgenland and Niederösterreich under official control.


NPPO of Austria, 2002-08.