Incursion of Aculops fuchsiae in Germany
The NPPO of Germany recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of an incursion of Aculops fuchsiae (Acari: Eriophyidae - EPPO A2 List) in the private garden of a fuchsia amateur at Kassel (Hessen). The owner of the infested fuchsias had introduced them in 2005 as cuttings from the USA in his luggage and without any phytosanitary control. However, the symptoms caused by A. fuchsiae could be recognized and this finding was published on the website of an association of garden plant amateurs (DDFGG). Phytosanitary measures have been taken to eradicate the pest.
The pest status of Aculops fuchsiae in Germany is officially declared as: One single case, under eradication.
NPPO of Germany, 2008-01.
DDFGG website (last retrieved in 2008-01). Deutsche Dahlien-, Fuchsien- und Gladiolen-Gesellschaft. Die Fuchsiengallmilbe hat Deutschland erreicht! http://www.ddfgg.de/Allgemein/aktuell/Archiv/index_Fuchsiengallmilbe_2.html