Update on the situation of Anoplophora glabripennis in Veneto region (IT)
In Italy, Anoplophora glabripennis (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae – EPPO A1 List) was found for the first time in Lombardia in June 2007 where it is subject to eradication measures (EPPO RS 2007/166). In 2009 and 2010, isolated outbreaks were discovered in the Veneto region where eradication measures were also applied. In the Veneto region, the pest was detected in the municipalities of Cornuda (1 infested Acer ginnala in a private garden - EPPO RS 2009/157) and Maser (several infested trees - EPPO RS 2010/201).
The NPPO of Italy recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the results of the ongoing eradication programme which is being conducted in the Veneto region. From 2009-2013, all infested trees and trees presenting suspicious symptoms were felled and burnt. Surveys (visual inspections from the ground and using tree climbers) have been carried out in the demarcated area (7.2 ha) which includes parts of several municipalities, all located in the province of Treviso (Cornuda, Crocetta del Montello, Pederobba, Montebelluna, Caerano San Marco, Maser, Asolo and Altivole). During the period 2009-2013, 24;292 plants were inspected, 1;133 were found infested (or possibly infested) and 1;013 were destroyed. Infested tree species were as follows: Acer (37%), Ulmus (29%), Betula (18%), Salix (13%), Aesculus (2%), others (1% - Prunus, Populus, Cercidiphyllum). As a consequence of eradication measures, the number of infested trees has gradually been reduced from 2009 to 2013 in the demarcated area (i.e. from 576 infested trees for the period June 2009/May 2010 to 67 infested trees for the period June 2012/May 2013). The eradication programme will continue in Veneto region.
NPPO of Italy (2013-11).