First report of Thrips palmi in Germany
The NPPO of Germany recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first record of Thrips palmi (Thysanoptera: Thripidae – EPPO A1 List) on its territory. In 2014-10-24, the pest was found on Cyclamen persicum (3500 plants) grown in a glasshouse used for trial purposes in Straelen (North Rhine-Westphalia). Infested plants showed symptoms on flowers and leaves. T. palmi was detected and identified morphologically by the Regional Plant Protection Service and the laboratory in the Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI). Tracing-back investigations were initiated immediately but so far, the origin of the infestation remains unknown. The young plants originated in a nursery in North Rhine-Westfalia but no infestations were found in this nursery. It is presumed that the pest may have been introduced into the trial greenhouses with other plant species. Investigations are ongoing. Phytosanitary measures were taken to eradicate the pest. Infested plants have been destroyed and quarantine has been imposed. Further survey activities are continuing.
The pest status of Thrips palmi is officially declared as: Transient, only at one location in North Rhine-Westphalia, under eradication.
NPPO of Germany (2014-10).