First record of Frankliniella occidentalis in Australia
Frankliniella occidentalis (EPPO A2 quarantine pest) was first detected on a mixed flower farm at Munster, on the outskirts of Perth, Western Australia (AU) during 1993-05 and has since been confirmed on 12 properties in the immediate area. Because of its wide distribution eradication is not considered feasible by Australian Plant Protection Authorities. So far, Western flower thrips has not been detected in other states despite extensive surveys, and it has not spread beyond the vicinity of Perth. Surveys and quarantines are still in place and will continue. To limit the spread of the pest following action plan has been taken:
- quarantine of properties and spraying of crops on the infested land
- imposition of quarantine barriers on the movement of flowers and vegetables interstate
- conditions for the interstate movement of produce being harmonized throughout a national interstate regulatory committee.
Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service, Canberra ;(1993-11)