Tuta absoluta found in Puglia and Veneto regions, Italy
In Italy, Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae – EPPO A2 List) was first reported in spring 2008 in Calabria, and then on tomato crops in several other Italian regions (EPPO RS 2009/023, 2009/106 and 2009/153). The NPPO of Italy has informed the EPPO Secretariat of the detection of T. absoluta in two additional regions, Puglia and Veneto.
The presence of T. absoluta in Puglia was detected by the regional Plant Protection Organization at the end of June 2009. Adults of T. absoluta were trapped in a glasshouse producing tomato fruits in the Province of Lecce.
The regional Plant Protection Organization found T. absoluta at the end of July 2009 on glasshouse tomatoes in the municipalities of Verona, Cavallino Treporti (Province of Venezia) and Lusia (Province of Rovigo).
The situation of Tuta absoluta in Italy can be described as follows: Present, first found in 2008, now reported from Abruzzo, Calabria, Campania, Lazio, Liguria, Sardegna, Sicilia, Puglia, Umbria, and Veneto, under official control.
NPPO of Italy, 2009-08 and 2009-09.