Globodera pallida and Helicoverpa armigera are absent from Slovakia
The NPPO of Slovakia has recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the absence of Helicoverpa armigera and Globodera pallida.
In PQR (the EPPO database on quarantine pests), Globodera rostochiensis and G. pallida (EPPO A2 quarantine pests) were considered as having a restricted distribution in Slovakia. Recent analysis of samples of nematode cysts have showed that only G. rostochiensis occurs in Slovakia (with a limited distribution). The Plant Protection Service concluded that G. pallida should be considered as absent (the record in PQR will be modified accordingly).
Some adults of Helicoverpa armigera (EPPO A2 quarantine pest) were caught in August 1996 into a light trap in Nová Trstená (district of Komárno, region of Nitra). A survey was carried out and damage was found on tomatoes and maize ears in some districts of western Slovakia. However since 1996, H. armigera has not been seen again. The Plant Protection Service noted that it should be considered 'as absent, not established'.
NPPO of Slovakia, 1998-12.