First report of Sternochetus mangiferae in Grenada
Sternochetus mangiferae (EPPO A1 quarantine pest) was introduced into the Caribbean region in 1984, in St Lucia and Martinique. Within the next 2-3 years, it spread to several other countries (Barbados, Dominica, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Trinidad and Tobago). For several years, no new introduction was reported. However, in October 1998, S. mangiferae was reported in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Its presence had in fact been suspected since 1995. Its presence was suspected in Grenada in July 1999, and confirmed in November 1999. Both commercial and non-commercial mango cultivars were infested in certain districts in the north-west and south-west of the country. Infestation levels reaching 52 % have been reported in one area. This is the first report of S. mangiferae in Grenada. The situation of S. mangiferae in Grenada can be described as: Present, in the north-west and south-west parts of the country.
Pollard, G.V. (2000) Update on new pest introductions. Circular Letter No. 1/00, 1st December 2000, CPPC, FAO, Barbados.