First report of Scaphoideus titanus in Hungary
Scaphoideus titanus (Homoptera: Cicadellidae) was found for the first time in Hungary during a survey carried out in 2006. This insect which is a vector of grapevine flavescence dorée phytoplasma (EPPO A2 List) was caught on yellow sticky traps in the counties of Bács-Kiskun, Somogy and Zala. S. titanus was most abundant in abandoned vineyards near the Serbian border. It is noted that the presence S. titanus has been reported in the grapevine-growing regions of Serbia since 2004. It is supposed that S. titanus was not introduced by propagation material but has spread naturally from the south to the north. Tests were carried out to determine whether grapevine flavescence dorée phytoplasma was present in insect and grapevine leaf samples. So far, all results were negative.
The situation of Scaphoideus titanus in Hungary can be described as follows: Present, first found in 2006 in the counties of Bács-Kiskun, Somogy and Zala.
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