Anoplophora glabripennis found in Bayern, Germany
In October 2012, an outbreak of Anoplophora glabripennis (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae – EPPO A1 List) was detected near Münich (Bayern), Germany. Initially, a person had brought a beetle to the regional Plant Protection Service. The pest was identified on the basis of the morphological characteristics of the adult beetle, and the diagnostic was confirmed by molecular analysis (PCR) of larvae. An intensive survey was carried out in the village concerned and its surroundings which consisted of fields and small forest plots. Several deciduous tree species, mainly Acer sp., were found to be infested. As a result of this survey, a quarantine zone was delimited. In 3 small forest plots within the quarantine zone a severe infestation was detected. It was concluded that the pest has spread there over several years without being noticed but the possible source of infestation could not be ascertained. All infested trees related to the initial finding were immediately destroyed. Trees located in a commercial area, a greenbelt of several km along a motorway and all trees of the infested forest plots were removed during winter. The public has been informed about the measures and obligations in the quarantine zone. Additionally, research activities are ongoing to study the spatial pattern of the infestation in one forest plot.
The pest status of Anoplophora glabripennis in Germany is officially declared as: Transient, only in some areas (Bayern, Baden-Württemberg, Nordrhein-Westfalen), under eradication.
NPPO of Germany (2013-06).