EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 01 - 2001 Num. article: 2001/006

Bactrocera zonata trapped in Israel

The EPPO Secretariat has recently been informed by the NPPO of Israel of the trapping of Bactrocera zonata (EPPO A1 quarantine pest) in the following terms: “The NPPO of Israel (PPIS) reports the first suspected interception, in mid-November, of a single male Bactrocera zonata (peach fruit fly) in quarantine station detection traps (loaded with the attractant methyl eugenol) at the Rafiach (Rapha) border crossing with Egypt and the Palestinian Autonomy. The pest is known to occur in Egypt (EPPO RS 99/060, 2000/075). This specimen will be sent to IAEA in Vienna to confirm the identification. PPIS has embarked on a delimiting survey, using 300 traps and host plant monitoring, and will take whatever quarantine actions are deemed necessary to prevent the pest's entry into Israel. In addition, PPIS is seeking the active cooperation of the NPPOs of Egypt and the Palestinian Authority, which exert control over the bordering areas”. The situation of B. zonata in Israel can be described still as: Transient: actionable.


NPPO of Israel, 2001-01.