First record of Rhynchophorus ferrugineus in Morocco
In December 2008, the presence of Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae – EPPO A2 List) was detected for the first time in Morocco. Cocoons, larvae and adult weevils were observed on 2 Phoenix canariensis growing in a hotel garden, located approximately 500 m away from the port of Tangier. The following phytosanitary measures were immediately taken: 1) treatment and wrapping of the palm trees with plastic sheets, 2) complete destruction of the trees by burning, 3) treatment of the aerial parts of the surrounding palm trees, 4) intensive surveys within a radius of 1 000 m around the infected trees, 5) the city of Tangier was placed under quarantine.
In addition, information campaigns for the local authorities, managers and technicians of the Ministry of Agriculture, landscape managers and nurserymen have been organized to attract their attention to this serious pest. Other regions in Morocco, particularly those located in the north, have also been warned of this new record.
The situation of Rhynchophorus ferrugineus in Morocco can be described as follows: Present, first found in December 2008 on two Phoenix canariensis in Tangier, under eradication.
NPPO of Morocco, 2009-01.