Thrips palmi not present in Guatemala
The OIRSA representative in Guatemala (Ing. M.F. Cano) informs EPPO that Thrips palmi (EPPO A1 quarantine pest) has not been recorded in that country. This refers to EPPO Reporting Service 93/017 (1993, No. 1) and 93/079 (1993, No. 4), in which it was noted that recent outbreaks in The Netherlands (now eradicated) occurred in nurseries which had imported or received Ficus from Guatemala.
EPPO is further informed that in a survey in Guatemala, of different ornamental Ficus spp., the only thrips found (on Ficus 'Nitidali') was Gynaikothrips ficorum (Marchal), identified at USDA, Beltsville (US). For information on this thrips see also Reporting Service 94/017.
OIRSA, Guatemala, 1993-12