F. occidentalis (western flower thrips) has recently been recorded in a number of European countries and now for the first time in UK. It is minute and difficult to detect or identify, and has a wide host-range on glasshouse crops (cucumber, chrysanthemum, many ornamentals). The UK is taking necessary measures for eradication, and is inviting exporting countries to take particular care over the possible presence of F. occidentalis in consignments. The quarantine status and necessary measures to be taken against the pest will be discussed by the EPPO Panel on Phytosanitary Regulations in January 1987.
Plant Health Branch