Drosophila suzukii found in Toscana, Italy
Drosophila suzukii (Diptera: Drosophilidae – EPPO Alert List) was first recorded in Italy in September 2009 in Trentino-Alto-Adige region causing damage to small fruit crops (EPPO RS 2010/007). The insect was also found in Toscana region during a faunistic study carried out by the University of Pisa. D. suzukii was found in natural forest environments in the municipality of San Giuliano Terme (province of Pisa). Further surveys will be carried out by the regional PPO of Toscana. So far, no damage caused by D. suzukii has been reported in fruit production areas of Toscana.
NPPO of Italy, 2010-04.