Eradication of Anoplophora glabripennis from the United Kingdom
In 2012, an outbreak of Anoplophora glabripennis (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae – EPPO A1 List) was detected in Paddock Wood in Kent (Southeastern England), United Kingdom (EPPO RS 2012/069). Eradication measures were immediately taken, and since 2015 phytosanitary measures have been taken in accordance with EU decision 2015/893. Annual surveys for A. glabripennis were conducted in the outbreak area and at national level. In the last 5 years, the pest has not been detected in the outbreak area, nor in other areas in the United Kingdom. Therefore, in 2019 the NPPO of the United Kingdom officially declared the successful eradication of A. glabripennis from its territory. Surveillance at the outbreak site will continue in the form of ground surveillance and inspection of trap trees for at least one more life cycle of the pest, as part of the UK ongoing monitoring programme for A. glabripennis. National surveillance will also continue and will include surveillance at registered nurseries and forestry sites, as well as inspections of wood packaging material.
The pest status of Anoplophora glabripennis in the United Kingdom is officially declared as: Absent, confirmed by survey.
NPPO of the United Kingdom (2019-06).