First report of Tuta absoluta in Portugal
The NPPO of Portugal recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first record of Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae – EPPO A2 List) on its territory. In May 2009, the pest was observed in a glasshouse producing tomato fruits (Lycopersicon esculentum) in the Algarve region (South of Portugal). Following this first discovery, a survey was carried out in Algarve, and the insect was found on several tomato crops (glasshouse and outdoor crops) but not in nurseries. Appropriate measures, including cultural and chemical control measures, are currently being taken to eradicate T. absoluta.
The situation of Tuta absoluta in Portugal can be described as follows: Present, first found in May 2009 in Algarve, under eradication.
NPPO of Portugal, 2009-08.