First report of Contarinia pseudotsugae in France
The NPPO of France recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first record of Contarinia pseudotsugae (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae – EPPO Alert List) on its territory. During general surveillance activities carried out in forests, the presence of galls on needles of Douglas-fir trees (Pseudotsuga menziesii) was observed in August and September 2016. C. pseudotsugae was found at low levels in two regions (Hauts-de-France and Grand-Est). The species was identified using barcoding techniques.
The pest status of Contarinia pseudotsugae in France is officially declared as: Present, only in some areas.
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NPPO of France (2016-12).