EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 11 - 2009 Num. article: 2009/212

Tuta absoluta occurs in Islas Canarias, Spain

In Spain, Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae – EPPO A2 List) was first recorded in 2006 on tomato crops in the mainland and Islas Baleares (RS 2008/001). In Islas Canarias, T. absoluta was first detected in December 2008 as a result of an early detection programme. In order to detect the pest as early as possible, pheromone traps had been placed in all tomato-producing areas of the Archipelago. As of November 2009, T. absoluta was found in all tomato-producing areas of Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Fuerteventura. Control measures are being implemented to limit the pest populations and avoid infestations inside tomato glasshouses.
The situation of Tuta absoluta in Spain can be described as follows: Present, first recorded in 2006, now present in the mainland, Islas Baleares (Ibiza) and Islas Canarias (Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Fuerteventura).


Internet (last accessed 2009-11)
Gobierno de Canarias. Consejería de Agricultura, Ganadería, Pesca y Alimentación. Notas de prensa (2009-11-20). Agricultura insta al sector del tomate a mantener en buen estado sus instalaciones para frenar la Tuta absoluta. http://www.gobcan.es/noticias/index.jsp?module=1;page=nota.htm;id=116654