Phytosanitary incidents related to imports
The EPPO Secretariat has been informed of the following incidents by the Plant Protection Services of Ireland and Finland, which were observed after import of plant material. These incidents were reported as notifications of interceptions as they are related to imports of plant material. The terminology to differentiate interceptions made at the border or custom clearing, and at production sites is still not quite clear. However, we have decided here to call these very limited outbreaks observed at production sites, which are usually not followed by pest establishment, as phytosanitary incidents.
Liriomyza huidobrensis (EPPO A2 quarantine pest) was found in two glasshouse enterprises during the months of July and August. The leafminer was found on Dendranthema pot plants in one location, and on spring onions and lettuces at the second location. Eradication measures have immediately been applied. It is felt that these introductions are linked to imports of Dendranthema cut flowers from other EU member countries.
Liriomyza huidobrensis was found on small plants of Dendranthema in one glasshouse enterprise producing planting material to other growers in Finland. These customers are now under inspection, but results are not known yet. Eradication measures have immediately been applied in the glasshouse concerned. It is considered that the pest has been introduced on Dendranthema cuttings from Tenerife, Canary Islands (ES).
Puccinia horiana (EPPO A2 quarantine pest) was found on Dendranthema cut flowers in two glasshouse enterprises. Other glasshouses having Dendranthema cut flowers of the same origin are currently being inspected, but results are not yet available. Eradication measures have been immediately applied in the two glasshouses concerned. It is considered that the disease has been introduced on Dendranthema cuttings from Tenerife, Canary Islands (ES).
Helicoverpa armigera (EPPO A2 quarantine pest) was found on pelargonium plants in 11 nurseries. Chemical and biological treatments have been applied. It is felt that the pest has been introduced on pelargonium cuttings from Gran Canaria, Canary Islands (ES).
Plant Protection Service of Ireland, 1997-08.
Plant Protection Service of Finland, 1997-04; 1997-07; 1997-08.