Introduction and eradication of Thrips palmi in the Netherlands
The EPPO Secretariat has recently been informed by the Dutch Plant Protection Service that during routine surveys, Thrips palmi (EPPO A1 quarantine pest) has been found in three glasshouses in the Netherlands, in early spring 1995. Infestations were only observed on Ficus plants. All three infestations have been successfully eradicated. Customers and suppliers of the infested glasshouses have been inspected and no further foci has been found. Although these glasshouses used imported material, the origin of this introduction remains uncertain. The Dutch Plant Protection Service then conducted a further survey and can confirm that T. palmi has again been successfully eradicated from the country. It can be recalled that T. palmi has previously been introduced and eradicated twice (EPPO RS 95/048 and 93/079) in the Netherlands.
Dutch Plant Protection Service, 1995-08.