Eradication of Sternochetus mangiferae in Spain
In November 2013, Sternochetus mangiferae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae – EPPO A1 List) was detected for the first time on mangoes (Mangifera indica) in Spain in the municipality of Velez-Málaga (province of Málaga, Andalucía). The pest was found in 1 plot of approximately 1 ha where more than 70 % of the mangoes were damaged. As a consequence, a demarcated area with a radius of 1 km around the infested plot was established, and eradication measures were taken. In 2014, an intensive survey was carried out in mango production sites located inside the demarcated area, as well as in nurseries and centres selling fruits and vegetables. In 2015, S. mangiferae was detected again in the same plot. On this infested plot, all mango fruits were destroyed, and insecticide treatments were applied. As since 2016, S. mangiferae has not been detected, the NPPO of Spain considered that the pest has been eradicated from its territory.
The pest status of Sternochetus mangiferae in Spain is officially declared as: Absent, pest eradicated.
NPPO of Spain (2018-01).