EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 09 - 2013 Num. article: 2013/190

First report of Tuta absoluta in the Czech Republic

In August 2013, Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae – EPPO A2 List) was found for the first time in the Czech Republic. The pest was detected during an official survey in a commercial tomato crop (Solanum lycopersicum) in the district of Prostějov (Olomouc region). Severe damage to tomato plants was observed throughout the infested greenhouse. The possible origin of this outbreak remains unknown. Eradication measures were taken against T. absoluta, including the destruction of tomato plants.
The pest status of Tuta absoluta in the Czech Republic is officially declared as: Transient, under eradication.


NPPO of the Czech Republic (2013-08).