Isolated finding of Bursaphelenchus xylophilus in Spain
The NPPO of Spain recently informed the EPPO Secretariat that in 2008 Bursaphelenchus xylophilus (EPPO A1 pest) was detected in 1 Pinus tree in Sierra de Dios Padre, Cáceres (Extremadura region). This was the first record of B. xylophilus in Spain. A focus zone was delimited and all susceptible plants were destroyed within a radius of 3 km around this single infested tree. Intensive surveys (including visual observations and testing) were carried out across Spain in forests, wood processing industries and nurseries, and B. xylophilus was not detected.
The situation of Bursaphelenchus xylophilus in Spain can be described as follows: Transient, 1 isolated tree found near Cáceres (Extremadura region), under eradication.
NPPO of Spain (2010-02).