First report of Phyllocnistis citrella in Spain
The Plant Protection Service of Spain has recently informed the EPPO Secretariat that foci of citrus leaf miner, Phyllocnistis citrella, have been found in Spain. Infestations are very localized in the Provinces of Cadiz and Malaga (approximately 3000 ha) but affect various species and varieties of citrus. Phyllocnistis citrella originates from Asia but has recently been reported in Florida, US (RS 94/163). The Spanish Plant Protection Service will set up an eradication programme including surveys, treatments and regulatory measures (especially for nurseries) to prevent further spread of this dangerous pest of citrus. The quarantine status of this pest will be referred to the EPPO Panel on Phytosanitary Regulations ; at present, it appears in neither EPPO nor EU lists.
Spanish Plant Protection Service, 1994-08.