EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 10 - 2009 Num. article: 2009/188

First report of Tuta absoluta in Malta

In Malta, the presence of Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae – EPPO A2 List) was reported for the first time in April 2009. The pest was discovered in a greenhouse in Dingli (South-West Malta). Monitoring surveys are being carried out by the NPPO to evaluate the spread of the pest and measures are being taken to eradicate the pest.
The situation of Tuta absoluta in Malta can be described as follows: Present, first found in April 2009, under eradication.


Internet (last accessed in 2009-10)
Plant Health Department of Malta.
Press release: The tomato leafminer – Tuta absoluta.
Guidelines for the control and eradication of Tuta absoluta. http://www.planthealth.gov.mt