New record of Sicyos angulatus in Turkey
Sicyos angulatus (Cucurbitaceae, EPPO List of IAP) is recorded for the first time in Turkey in the Provinces of Artvin and Trabzon (Black Sea region). It is found infesting crops such as cucumber (Cucumis sativus), winter squash (Cucurbita sp), maize (Zea mays), onion, garlic and leek (Allium spp.), French beans (Phaseolus vulgaris), tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum), sweet pepper (Capsicum annuum), sugarbeet (Beta vulgaris), potato (Solanum tuberosum), eggplant (Solanum melongena), carrot (Daucus carota), lettuce (Lactuca sativa), and even tree plantations in the Trabzon Province. The Turkish NPPO considers that this species represents a potential threat for the Black Sea, Agean, Marmara and Mediterranean regions of Turkey as these areas are climatically suitable for S. angulatus. Monitoring, prevention and eradication should therefore be implemented against S. angulatus in these regions.
NPPO of Turkey (2009).