EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 10 - 2017 Num. article: 2017/185

First report of Tuta absoluta in Norway


In Norway, Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae – EPPO A2 List) was detected for the first time in April 2017 in a tomato glasshouse located in the municipality of Klepp, Rogaland county. Since then, the pest has been detected in 3 additional greenhouses in close proximity to the first outbreak site. The NPPO of Norway has provisionally imposed phytosanitary measures to growers to avoid any further spread of the pest. In order to delimit the extent of the infestation, the NPPO has requested all commercial tomato growers in Norway to use pheromone traps and report suspicious findings. A Risk Assessment of T. absoluta has been published and concluded that T. absoluta has the capacity to cause damage to the Norwegian tomato industry if no control measures are taken, and that the probability of crop loss and increased use of chemical and biological pesticides is high.
The situation of Tuta absoluta in Norway can be described as follows: Present, only in some areas, under official control.


Sources

NPPO of Norway (2017-06).

VKM (2017) Risk assessment of Tomato leaf miner moth (Tuta absoluta). Scientific Opinion of the Panel on Plant Health of the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety, ISBN: 978-82-8259-281-9, Oslo, Norway. https://vkm.no/download/18.773639b215c8657f2a482e2c/1497965945176/0f1af046c4.pdf">https://vkm.no/download/18.773639b215c8657f2a482e2c/1497965945176/0f1af046c4.pdf