First report of Trioza erytreae in mainland Spain
The NPPO of Spain has recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first report of Trioza erytreae (Hemiptera: Triozidae – EPPO A2 List, vector of huanglongbing) in mainland Spain*. The outbreak was detected in the province of Pontevedra (Galicia region) in November 2014 during the official surveys that are regularly carried out in Galicia for the aphid Toxoptera citricidus. Scattered trees (more than 100) located in small private gardens and orchards in 8 municipalities were found to be infested by T. erytreae. Symptoms consisted of distorted buds and the presence of galls on the leaves. It is stressed that huanglongbing was not detected in tested samples. The origin of this outbreak is under investigation. Phytosanitary measures have been taken to eradicate T. erytreae. Eradication and contingency plans are being prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment and are expected to be approved in the near future. It is recalled that T. erytreae is an EU regulated pest (Annex I/AII) and that the circulation of susceptible host plants within the EU territory is regulated.
The situation of of Trioza erytreae in Spain can be described as follows: Present, few occurrences, under eradication.
* EPPO note: it can be recalled that T. erytreae was found in 2002 in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (Islas Canarias).
NPPO of Spain (2015-02).