Situation of several regulated pests in Israel
The NPPO of Israel (PPIS) has recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the current status of several regulated pests in its country.
Puccinia horiana (Basidiomycetes: Uredinales - EPPO A2 quarantine pest) - Following the interception in 1998 of this quarantine fungus in one nursery on chrysanthemum plants grown from imported plant propagation material, PPIS immediately initiated a delimiting survey and control program (RS 98/082). The pathogen was discovered at 8 production sites whose plants had originated from the infected nursery. Eradication proved successful, and ongoing surveys and detection tests have indicated no infection in the country since April 1999. The status of this pest in Israel can be described as: Absent: eradicated.
Pulvinaria psidii (Hemiptera: Homoptera: Coccidae) - This mealybug was recently identified for the first time in Israel on litchi and mango, in several locations, as well as on ornamental plants in scattered sites throughout the country. In well-tended and commercial fruit groves, however, infestation was found to be low. PPIS is considering this a regulated non-quarantine pest and has implemented the necessary phytosanitary measures to ensure pest freedom in certified fruit tree propagation material. The status of this new pest in Israel can be summarized as: Present: at low prevalence.
Liriomyza sativae (Diptera: Agromyzidae - EPPO A1 quarantine pest)- Pursuant to RS 2001/005, PPIS had determined the status of this pest to be: Present.
NPPO of Israel, 2001-09.