Phyllocnistis citrella and Liriomyza huidobrensis present in Cyprus
The EPPO Secretariat has recently been informed by the Ministry of Agriculture of Cyprus that two new pests have been recorded in Cyprus: Liriomyza huidobrensis (EPPO A2 quarantine pest) and Phyllocnistis citrella.
- Liriomyza huidobrensis was first recorded in early spring 1994 on potato plants, and it rapidly spread to most areas in Cyprus. It attacks mainly potatoes, vegetables and weeds and causes serious damage.
- Phyllocnistis citrella was found for the first time in October 1994. A survey was then set up and showed that it has already spread to most citrus groves of Cyprus.
The official authorities of Cyprus noted that the spread of these two pest species was so rapid that it did not allow any eradication measures.
EPPO Secretariat, 1995-09