Phyllocnistis citrella is present in Morocco
The EPPO Secretariat has recently been informed that Phyllocnistis citrella (potential EPPO A2 quarantine pest) was found for the first time in Morocco, at the end of summer/beginning of autumn 1994. The pest has been observed on orange and clementine in the North, East and Gharb regions. Since then, surveys and extension programmes have been set up to eradicate the pest. In regions where the pest is present, various trials have been conducted to evaluate the efficacy of insecticide treatments. Internal quarantine measures, extension programmes, chemical control (especially in nurseries) are being implemented. The Plant Protection Service of Morocco stressed that the main citrus-growing regions: Tadla (near Béni Mellal), Haouz (Marrakech) and Souss (Agadir) are still free from P. citrella.
Plant Protection Service of Morocco, 1995-05.