Unconfirmed report of Malacosoma americanum in Turkey
During a study on nucleopolyhedroviruses infecting Malacosoma species in Turkey, the presence of Malacosoma americanum (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae – EPPO A1 List) was reported. The pest was found on various host plants (unspecified), in Gümüşhane (Black Sea region). A new nucleopolyhedrovirus was isolated from naturally infected specimens of M. americanum. However, the Turkish NPPO considers that the identification of the pest is unreliable and is currently checking the identity of the collected specimens.
The situation of Malacosoma americanum in Turkey can be described as follows: Absent, a report published in 2014 is not confirmed by the NPPO.
Demir I, Nalçacioğlu R, Mohammad Gholizad L, Demirbag Z (2014) A highly effective nucleopolyhedrovirus against Malacosoma spp. (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae) from Turkey: isolation, characterization, phylogeny, and virulence. Turkish Journal of Agriculture and Forestry 38, 462-470. http://journals.tubitak.gov.tr/agriculture/issues/tar-14-38-4/tar-38-4-5-1307-32.pdf
NPPO of Turkey (2014-04).