Bursaphelenchus xylophilus found in Portugal
The EPPO Secretariat has recently been informed by the NPPO of Portugal that Bursaphelenchus xylophilus (EPPO A1 quarantine pest) was found in Portugal. The nematode was detected in Pinus pinaster near Setúbal, during a survey carried out by a research team. The official services involved immediately took the necessary measures to determine the extent of the infected area, to control the extraction and movement of wood and eradicate the outbreak. The infected area is situated in the Península de Setúbal (south of Lisboa) a densely populated and industrialized region of the country where pine forest is not very important. At present, the possible presence of vector(s) is being investigated. A national delimitation survey to determine the extent of the infestation in Portugal has already been initiated.
NPPO of Portugal, 1999-09.