Thrips palmi reported in United Kingdom
The NPPO of United Kingdom has recently informed the EPPO Secretariat that an outbreak of Thrips palmi (EPPO A1 quarantine pest) has been found in two glasshouses (all-year-round chrysanthemums produced for domestic cut-flower trade) on the same site in southern England. The outbreak was initially thought to be Frankliniella occidentalis and was not notified to inspectors. The authorities became aware of the outbreak in April 2000. An intensive treatment programme including soil, compost, foliar and space treatments has immediately been undertaken to eradicate the pest. In addition, no movement of planting material from the site has been allowed. Recent results from intensive monitoring of pest levels indicated that treatments appear to have been successful. Findings of the pest have been reduced to very low levels, leading to the belief that eradication should be possible in the near future. T. palmi is thus present in UK, at low prevalence in only two glasshouses of southern England, under eradication.
NPPO of United Kingdom, 2000-12.