Frankliniella occidentalis is present in Turkey
Frankliniella occidentalis (EPPO A2 quarantine pest) was first detected in Turkey in December 1993. It has been found infesting glasshouse crops in Antalya, a province of Turkey situated along the western part of the Mediterranean coast. The author felt that the pest has probably been introduced on imported material, as it is not found in the European part of Turkey or the Aegean region. So far, surveys carried out by the Plant Protection Service indicate a patchy distribution of Frankliniella occidentalis, as the infestations found are limited to pepper (Capsicum annuum) and carnations grown in glasshouses in Antalya. It is expected that F. occidentalis will be able to infest also outdoor crops. Concerns are also raised in Turkey about the transmission of tomato spotted wilt and impatiens necrotic spot tospoviruses.
Tunç, I.; Göçcem, H. (1994) New greenhouse pests, Polyphagotarsonemus latus and Frankliniella occidentalis, in Turkey.
FAO Plant Protection Bulletin, 42 (2), 218-220.