Details on the finding of Diabrotica virgifera virgifera in Lombardia, Italy
At the request of the EPPO Secretariat, Dr Boriani (Servizio Fitosanitario Regionale, Milano) kindly provided more details on the recent finding of Diabrotica virgifera virgifera (EPPO A2 quarantine pest) in Lombardia, Italy (see EPPO RS 2001/03). D. virgifera virgifera was found for the first time in Lombardia, near Malpensa International Airport (Varese). In September 2000, three adults were caught in three pheromone traps and in two quarantine areas. In these areas, maize production has been prohibited. In 2001, a larger and more intensive monitoring programme will be carried out and other phytosanitary measures will be taken to eliminate the pest and prevent any further spread.
Personal communication with Dr Boriani, Servizio Fitosanitario Regionale, Milano, 2001-03.